They wanted somebody to face up and take over the group in Tatis’ absence: somebody whose efficiency exceeded expectations and allowed them to maintain up with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
Some individuals believed that individual wasn’t on the roster, however it’s, and his identify is Manny Machado.
Not solely has Machado stepped up big-time with Tatis on the shelf, however he has taken issues up a notch: he’s, as of Monday afternoon, the Nationwide League’s most respected and impactful participant based on Wins Above Alternative, or WAR.
WAR is an evaluation of a participant’s contributions utilizing his offensive, defensive, and baserunning efficiency.
2022 NL Batting WAR Leaders
Manny Machado (2.6)
Nolan Arenado (2.2)
Tommy Edman (2.0)
Jazz Chisholm Jr. (1.7)
All Leaders: https://t.co/7ZNKOVKXXF
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) May 9, 2022
A Implausible All-Round Participant
Not solely is Machado an unimaginable offensive performer, however he’s additionally well known as among the finest defenders at third base in all MLB.
That certainly helps his WAR output.
With the bat in his arms, he has been a difference-maker.
He’s slashing .385/.460/.642 with seven residence runs, seven doubles, 26 runs scored, and 21 RBI.
The Padres have gotten good offensive contributions throughout, however none of them have had such a excessive impression on the group’s latest success as Machado.
When Tatis returns, pitchers will even have to fret about two MVP-caliber hitters as a substitute of 1, plus a wide selection of strong hitters.
For now, Machado is carrying the group, and he’s doing a terrific job.