The San Diego Padres are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2023 season. But to make a postseason run next season, the Padres must get their starting rotation in order. Multiple questions surround this portion of the roster, as the Friars are bracing to lose the leading National League Cy Young candidate in free agency this winter.
The Friar Faithful still having trouble processing the team’s failure to contend. Expectations for a memorable season slowly drifted away with each frustrating loss. The Padres longest winning streak (eight games) came after the team fell too far back in the NL wild-card chase. Consistency failed them to do bigger, better things in 2023.
Injuries to the starting rotation contributed to the Friars failing to find that extra gear needed to play winning baseball. Granted, the silence of the Padres bats was a season-long issue. But having Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, Seth Lugo and Michael Wacha spending time on the injured list compounded the problem. Their replacements on the hill were sheer disasters.
Heading into the offseason, the Friars have more questions than answers about their starting pitching.