The San Diego Padres are eight games out of a Wild Card spot. They have the same record as the Washington Nationals. They're about to lose assets in the offseason after failing to sell at the trade deadline, thinking they were able to make a playoff run.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the hottest team in MLB as they continue an incredible 21-4 run in the month of August. They lead the Padres in the NL West by a whopping 20 games. Once again, we hope the Padres enjoy that NLDS victory.
San Diego isn't quite pronounced dead yet, but the Milwaukee Brewers have put them on life support after sweeping the Pads this weekend, scoring a total of 22 runs in the three-game set.
On Sunday, Manny Machado had enough and went absolutely berserk on a cooler in the dugout, which was the cherry on top of Juan Soto calling out the team for "giving up" in Seattle and Xander Bogaerts taking a shot at the Nationals before Washington took two out of three from them in late June.
In what was shaping up to be a gigantic rally inning for the Padres after they scored two runs and got the first four batters on, Soto, Machado and Bogaerts went down in order to end the top of the seventh and Machado lost it.
Manny Machado outburst gives Dodgers fans more fuel for Brewers' sweep of Padres
The Padres were 53-55 on Aug. 1. They are now 61-70 and as good as eliminated unless they can rip off 10 straight wins to alter the conversation. They've been the polar opposite of the Dodgers over the last four weeks.
Who's been responsible? That would be Machado, Soto, Bogaerts and Fernando Tatis Jr., all of whom have been terrible in August. The proof is in the splits.
- Machado - .207/.304/.437 with 23 strikeouts
- Soto - .207/.291/.402 with 18 strikeouts
- Bogaerts - .242/.273/.400 with 15 strikeouts
- Tatis - .217/.308/.337 with 33 strikeouts
The pitching staff has also gotten rocked to the tune of a 4.74 ERA and 1.38 WHIP (both season-worsts for a single month).
Dodgers fans have had layup after layup to point and laugh at the Padres, with Machado's outburst providing the latest evidence. Not to mention, Shohei Ohtani's injury hurts them for an offseason pursuit because he definitely won't be pitching in 2024 (their plans need to be more urgent than that after what we just witnessed in 2023).
Everything's coming up Dodgers and coming down Padres. Order has been restored.