SAN DIEGO – Earlier this season, the Padres needed Manny Machado more than ever. Alibe Fernando Tatis Jr. Their other mistake is more complex and shorter. It was up to Machado to send.
And Machado pulled out.
A third-place player came into play Thursday night leading the way after the Majors won 2.3 on top of the standings, probably the best player in the game in the first month of the game. He then handed over all of Padres’ mistakes in their opening game against the Marlins, launching two undoubted innings at home in a 2-1 win over Petco Park.
“He’s an amazing man,” said Padres’ Nick Martinez, who threw seven innings in one run. “It’s dangerous every time he climbs a plate. And what he does to protect himself, too, is very special.”
No one wins the MVP awards in May, of course. But in the meantime, it would be difficult to challenge Machado’s role as a National League fan. According to both baseball Reference and FanGraphs, he leads Majors in the WAR. Machado has an unmistakable line of .374 / .447 / .657, while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in the third quarter.
And he did it all when Padre really wanted him. Luke Voit and Wil Myers joined Tatis on the injury list. With the exception of Eric Hosmer, who has also been very good, the rest of San Diego is struggling. And yet, the Padres have done enough to carry the team to a 17-9, semi-final game behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
“Boys are not even 100%, boys are not always wrong – it’s dangerous,” Machado said. “Anything just clicks … it’s going to be dangerous, because we’re winning football games like this.”
Thursday night, the Padres were without manager Bob Melvin, who had a COVID-related illness and was seen from the clubhouse. Bench coach Ryan Christenson replaced Melvin.
The game was followed by well-known scripts, however. It was just a recent example of what Machado did against a team that relied on play and defense. The Padres did very well from Martinez, who is probably strengthening his position around the start. He allowed just four hits and one run, tying the top job with seven innings.
Machado offered all of Martinez’s support. He placed the Padres on top in the first inning, dropping a pass from Marlins Jesús Luzardo 408 feet to the ground. Three innings later, Machado’s second Homer was an amazing hit. Luzardo hit the inside corner with a 98 mph speedometer. Machado was able to open it and find it at 424 points in the second left yard.
Later, Machado was asked if he was looking for a running ball at the time. Without hesitation, he replied, “I will not give you my secrets. … Then another team goes there and I know how to make me. “
However, could it make a big difference right now? Machado hits everything anyone throws at him. He hits speed and turns. He hits up in the zone and down in the zone. (And when it is not in the area, he is leaving the job, as evidenced by his 11.4% mobility, high performance.)
Thursday night is Machado’s ninth multiplayer game in Petco Park, the most successful in the history of the stadium. Indeed, his houses are in order. He’s locked up right now, and he knows what to do on those hot stripes.
“You just climb on the waves,” said Machado, an all-time fitting illustration of the city they play in. “I have learned to get on the bus. Take what the game gives you, because as they give it to you, they will take you away at once. You learn self-control, and you have the same routine every day. ”
Ask around, and this is what his friends really appreciate Machado. They put numbers, because they put work. Some nights they win games by beating thunders running home. Some nights, it deals with games and smart games or smart defense.
In Pittsburgh last week, Machado found himself kidnapped and played head on after being fired. He swerved slightly to throw the first player, and the ball bounced off him and turned left. Overnight, he set aside enough time for a handless shooter – a rare example of Machado chasing his watch, which is usually stable.
“They make the game easier,” Christenson said. “It is not so. The fact that they go there and do what they do every day, gives you a good game all the time, makes a good game – and a very good player. “