San Diego Padres news: Bob Melvin and the hot seat, Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr., Julio Teheran
By Kevin Henry
Happy Tuesday, Friar Faithful! Let's start the day with some of the latest news regarding the San Diego Padres, including the level of heat on Bob Melvin's seat, plus Juan Soto's return to Washington and Fernando Tatis Jr. channeling The Matrix.
San Diego Padres news: MLB insider says Bob Melvin's job is safe
Writing for The Athletic (subscription required), Ken Rosenthal followed in line with the statements from general manager A.J. Preller, who recently expressed his confidence in Melvin as "high." Rosenthal believes that Melvin is in little danger of taking the fall for San Diego's slow start to the season, writing, "the Padres are a top-heavy, slapped-together collection of stars that has yet to learn how to consistently win. Melvin, 61, is part of the solution, not the problem."
Perhaps Sunday's win over the Boston Red Sox will be the start of a solid run for the San Diego offense. We'll find out if the carryover happens on Tuesday when the Padres open a series in Washington against the Nationals. Wins cure plenty of things, and San Diego looking like the team many expected before the season began will take much of the microscope off Melvin and the rest of the coaching staff.
San Diego Padres news: Reunion time for Juan Soto, MacKenzie Gore
This is the second visit for Soto since the Nationals traded him to San Diego at the 2022 MLB trade deadline. Expect plenty of storylines to center around that, but also don't forget that MacKenzie Gore is expected to take the mound for Washington on Tuesday against San Diego, the team that selected him third overall in the 2017 MLB draft and sent him to Washington as part of the deal that landed Soto and Josh Bell in southern California.
For the 24-year-old southpaw, it will be the first time he has pitched against San Diego.
Additionally, Padres fans can expect to see plenty of CJ Abrams in the series as well, another piece of the trade that has been a big part of the foundation trying to be established in Washington.
San Diego Padres news: Julio Teheran opts out
For those wondering about the future of Teheran with the Padres, it seems like it is over.
San Diego Padres news: Fernando Tatis Jr.'s trip to The Matrix
More than a full day after it happened, plenty around the MLB world are still buzzing about the way that Tatis avoided an inside pitch on Sunday against the Red Sox.
The move not only shows the athleticism that Tatis possesses, but also exactly how polarizing he can be within MLB circles. Responses to various shares of the video range from Tatis being "a drama queen" and "overly dramatic" to "Keanu-like" and "one of the few players who could pull of that move."
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