The Padres offense has been somewhat anemic for a little while, and losing Soto didn’t help them, as the Guardians held them in check, winning by a final of 3-1.
Bob Melvin, the manager of the Padres, provided an update on his ailing slugger, saying that he’s feeling better but that he won’t be in the Padres’ lineup this afternoon.
Game 126: Guardians at Padres (Quantrill vs. Snell), 1:10 p.m. PT at Petco Park
Juan Soto says he’s feeling better today. But, as Bob Melvin said yesterday, Soto is not in the starting lineup today vs. Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/RIP09LndNc
— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) August 24, 2022
Soto Not In Lineup Vs. Guardians
The Padres are going to need Soto healthy if they want to hold on to the final Wild Card spot in the National League.
Though they haven’t played great since the Josh Hader trade, the Milwaukee Brewers are still nipping at the Padres’ heels, sitting only a game-and-a-half back of them for that final spot in the postseason.
The Padres haven’t played great themselves this month, even after acquiring Soto from the Washington Nationals.
The lineup has been somewhat cold.
One would expect that Soto would at least be available to pinch hit today if he is needed in a key spot.
The 23-year-old slugger is hitting .252 with 23 home runs and 50 RBI this season, but in his last seven games, he’s hitting just .174.
The odds certainly aren’t in favor of the Padres with him out of the lineup today.
Again, he still may get some action if they need him to pinch hit in a key spot.
We’ll see what ultimately happens with Soto in today’s game.