San Diego Padres: Blake Snell Makes the Friars a World Series Contender
Snell was the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays staff and formed a three-headed monster with Charlie Morton and Tyler Glasnow.
Tampa reached the 2020 World Series where they fell at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
Now that Snell has been dealt to the NL West, he will have to face the Dodgers and he should have the opportunity to get some revenge on how the Fall Classic ended.
Yu Darvish went 8-3 last year and posted an ERA of 2.01. He also finished second in the Cy Young Award voting.
Here’s why the Padres are possible World Series contenders in 2021 now that they have Snell and Darvish.
Big Rotation Boost
Blake Snell and Darvish have playoff experience and give the Padres rotation two aces.
Dinelson Lamet had a 3-1 mark and a 2.09 ERA in 12 games. He also tallied 93 strikeouts in 69 innings.
Snell and Darvish can take the pressure off of the younger starters like Lamet and Chris Paddack.
You could make the argument the Friars have the best 1-2 punch outside of the Stephen Strasburg-Max Scherzer duo.
The Padres also have a strong bullpen that includes Drew Pomeranz, Emilio Pagan, and Matt Strahm.
The Padres can strike fear into their opponents this coming season in part because of their top-of-the-rotation starters, but they also have a lethal lineup.
Eric Hosmer, Manny Machado, and Fernando Tatis, Jr. help form a dangerous middle of the order for San Diego.
Of course, it helps to have role players such as Tommy Pham, Wil Myers, and Jake Cronenworth.
It would be nice if they added another bat to the lineup.
It won’t be easy winning the NL West since the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best lineup in baseball.
But, with Blake Snell and Yu Darvish limiting the damage, that gives San Diego’s batting order some breathing room.
Already a Promising Start
The San Diego Padres made the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and beat St. Louis in two out of three games during the Wild Card Series.
The Friars ended up getting swept by the Dodgers in the Divisional Series.
With general manager A.J. Preller making big moves and utilizing his minor league system he has to be up for GM of the year, especially when he brought in Blake Snell and Yu Darvish.
Manager Jayce Tingler guided San Diego to a record of 37-23 in his rookie campaign, so it’s safe to assume that more good years are yet to come.
The San Diego Padres with the assistance of Blake Snell and Yu Darvish can make it to the NL Championship Series.
The question is, “how will they go about doing that?”
Atlanta, Washington, LA, and St. Louis will be threats to the Padres’ championship hopes in 2021, but it looks as if the Pads will be fearless throughout this challenging process.
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