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Good, Bad and Ugly: 2020 San Diego Padres

September 28, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Good, Bad and Ugly: 2020 San Diego Padres
Mitch Moreland struggled to produce for the San Diego Padres.
Mitch Moreland (left) had little to celebrate personally as a Padre. (Fox Sports)

For the first time since 2006, the San Diego Padres are back in the playoffs. Now it’s time to see if they can accomplish what’s never been done in franchise history — win the World Series.

Twice in its existence, San Diego has reached the Fall Classic, in 1984 and in 1998. And while each of those teams were excellent, they were unable to sustain that level for long. By 1987, the Padres had regressed to a 65-win team; and in 1999, they plummeted to 74 wins after earning a franchise record 98 victories the season before.

Given the makeup, youth and farm system San Diego currently possesses, it’s hard to imagine this team isn’t set up for long-term success.

As a team, a lot of things have gone very well for the Friars this year. They rank second in the majors in run differential; third in isolated power; and fifth in opponents’ isolated power. Let’s examine some individual things that went well, and some that didn’t go quite as expected.

The Good

Finally, outfielder Wil Myers was able to not only duplicate, but surpass the performance from his rookie season back in 2013. For the second straight year he stayed healthy, but this season — after his offensive game regressed in 2019 — his power reached new levels in an extremely productive campaign. In late-June, we wrote that Myers needed to really find himself this season; well, we were bang on as he wound up in the top 20 in homers, RBI and OPS to cap a career year. He looks like a top 30 outfielder entering 2021.

The Bad

We weren’t expecting much out of Mitch Moreland heading into this season, however early on for Boston, Moreland never looked better — especially from an on-base perspective. However, his extra-base pop fell off the table in San Diego and he barely topped the Mendoza Line, so of all the moves San Diego made at the deadline, trading for Moreland didn’t exactly pay dividends (despite Eric Hosmer breaking a finger earlier this month). Hey, if nothing else, Boston talked the talk about how tough it was to deal Moreland (see video below). Still, as a veteran of nearly 50 playoff games and the owner of a World Series ring, he should be a steadying force for this young club in the postseason.

The Ugly

Former Yankee farmhand Jorge Mateo was once a top 30 prospect before falling off the map after landing in the Oakland system in 2017. He revitalized his career enough to jump back to No. 60 on our Top Prospect Rankings heading into 2020 before getting dealt to San Diego in late-June for a PTBNL. Mateo finally made his long-awaited MLB debut this year, and to say it was worth the wait would be, well… inaccurate. He really struggled to get on base while displaying very little extra-base sock. In fairness, it was a very small sample size, but barring a major turnaround as a late bloomer, Mateo no longer seems destined for stardom. His speed and defensive flexibility make him a nice utility option, but unless he lands a full-time gig, it’s going to be tough for him to deliver much Fantasy value.

RotoRob Tune of the Day

American singer Carly Simon got her start in 1964, and she’s still at it today. In 1987, she released her 13th studio album, Coming Around Again, which included a cover of Herman Hupfeld‘s “As Time Goes By” — a song most famous from its inclusion in Casablanca.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what you thought the most pleasant surprises and most disappointing developments were for the Padres this season.

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The 2020 MLB Wire Troll All-Star Team

September 26, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The 2020 MLB Wire Troll All-Star Team
The waiver wire can deliver value in many ways. Sometimes, it offers a temporary fix to an injury issue or it’s simply a case of jumping on a player delivering short-term value. But when you pick up a player and he sticks on your team for all or most of the season and contributes throughout, that is the true definition of waiver wire gold.
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Good, Bad and Ugly: 2020 Cincinnati Reds

September 20, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Good, Bad and Ugly: 2020 Cincinnati Reds
Heading into the 2020 MLB season, we expected the Cincinnati Reds to be a force, and potentially push their way into the postseason for the first time since 2013. At the very least, we anticipated they would be able to snap a streak of six straight losing campaigns.
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The Wire Troll: Matt Carpenter Can Still Help

September 19, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Matt Carpenter Can Still Help
Every year, a certain amount of dudes come out of nowhere to have a major Fantasy impact. Walsh has been a bright light for the Halos, hitting extremely well and earning a place in redraft leagues as well as being a DFS force. He’s riding a nine-game hit streak, scoring and driving in at least one in every game over this stretch. After going 0-for-13 in July and August, he’s put up an OPS of 1405 in September, having already surpassed his 2019 hit total in much fewer at-bats. Another potential two-way player, Walsh is proving too valuable as a hitter to earn any time as a pitcher as he did last year. A stretch of six homers in seven games will do that!
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The Wire Troll: Brady Singer Surges to Prominence

September 12, 2020 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Brady Singer Surges to Prominence
The rookie actually went 7 2/3 IP before he gave up a hit to the Indians as KC’s 2018 first rounder out of Florida gave us an indication of just how good he can be. Singer dodged some bullets in this one, but was generally fantastic. His ERA had ballooned over 5.50 with some rough outings over the last month, but this effort takes him down to a more serviceable 4.66 mark, and — ideally — positions him for a strong finish. The righty was a non-roster invitee this spring, but to its credit Kansas City has given its young pitchers a legitimate shot this season, and he’s generally rewarded the team’s confidence. Having just turned 24 last month, Singer’s best offering is his heater, but he also sports a solid slider and changeup in his arsenal. If he hadn’t struggled early in his junior season, he could have easily gone No. 1 overall two years ago.
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