Perhaps with so much time away from the game, we forgot exactly how special of a talent the San Diego Padres have in Fernando Tatis Jr.
Make no mistake about it. Tatis has been reminding all of us of his skills ever since returning from injuries and a PED suspension on April 20. Wednesday's night win at Petco Park over the Cleveland Guardians, however, was not only something special for Tatis, but it was also history-making as well.
San Diego Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. etches his name in the history books
Take a look at the statistics that the 24-year-old All-Star pieced together in San Diego's 5-0 win over the Guardians.
Soak that in for just a minute. Tatis excelled in every aspect of the game against the Guardians. Maybe, just maybe, we aren't talking enough about what Tatis has been doing in recent games to boost the Padres, now just one game under .500 at 33-34 after going 7-3 in their last 10 outings.
When the calendar turned to June, the switch turned to high gear for Tatis. In 12 games this month, Tatis is slashing .417/.491/.896 with five home runs and 15 RBI. He has also walked (six) more times than he has struck out (five). It is a special streak for a special player, and it's one the Padres needed in order to start looking like the team most expected them to be before the start of the season.
Tatis has one All-Star Game nod to his credit (2021), but this year should be his second time participating in the Midsummer Classic. He's not only electric on the field, but he's also putting up the stats that make him a deserving player to make the trip to Seattle.
By the way, you can vote for Tatis and the rest of the Padres you feel are deserving here.
Tatis doesn't need to necessarily make history every night for the Padres. However, San Diego will be glad to ride this current hot streak from their leadoff hitter as they continue to work their way back up the standings.