The San Diego Padres have been a middle of the road team in the early going of this season. At 16-14, they have found themselves in third place of the National League West at the 30-game mark.
Just 10 games ago, they got their most valuable player back and, since then, it has shown just how important he is. Fernando Tatis Jr. is that player, and he returned from his 80-game suspension with a bang. He has batted .304, slugged out a pair of homers and brought in six runs via his bat. But, his most crucial stat, isn't a stat at all. It's his charisma and swagger on the diamond that has brought Padres fans to their feet once again.
The Padres most important player has returned, and here is why he is desperately needed in the lineup.
The importance of Fernando Tatis Jr. to the San Diego Padres
Over the last 10 games, this middle-ground team has been leaning closer to greatness then disappointment. At 7-3, they have been able to support their rocky pitching staff with heavy bats, Tatis Jr. included. Over the span they have scored 56 runs, with a good chunk of it coming the last few days.
The comeback of Tatis Jr. is also aiding his fellow sluggers in the lineup. Manny Machado and Xander Bogaerts especially, as they bat in the three-hole and cleanup, respectfully. This three-headed monster is going to be a big problem for opposing pitchers all season long.
There is a long season ahead of us, but it could be a great one for not only the Padres, but Tatis Jr. as well. There are a lot of ways that he can make the team better, both at the plate and in the field, but he is certainly the most important player on this roster.