Finally at full strength
The return of Joe Musgrove and Fernando Tatís Jr. finally brings the Padres back up to full strength. Both are key to the Padres competing, both at the plate and on the mound.
The batting lineup looks powerful when you add Tatis to it along with Bogaerts, Soto, Trent Grisham, and Manny Machado. However, just 85 runs so far this season is a less than acceptable return. The return of Tatís Jr. should be the catalyst for the bats to hot up.
Musgrove’s return should bring stability to a rotation that has been wanting at times. Both Yu Darvish (0-2) and Blake Snell (0-3) have yet to earn a win. Snell has been particularly wanting of a good performance. Both pitchers are better than their records and will be expected to improve soon.
Once the offense and pitching are firing, the Padres will be a dangerous team to face.