The San Diego Padres have been one of the most disappointing teams in MLB this season.
One year after making it all the way to the National League Championship Series, they are 75-78 and fourth in the NL West.
This is after getting back Fernando Tatis Jr. from suspension, signing Xander Bogaerts to a $280 million contract, and a myriad of other win-now moves.
We all thought they were ready to throw in the towel and start thinking about 2024.
However, they are finally showing the talent, skill, and fighting spirit we all expected from them months ago.
They have embarked on an impressive seven-game winning streak and are showing signs of life.
Let’s just say, for the purposes of making the 2023 playoffs, that the Padres are on life support.
That means they pretty much need a miracle to get in, but they are alive.
Fate, in addition, also appears to be giving San Diego a hand at long last.
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— MLB Metrics (@MLBMetrics) September 22, 2023
The Padres didn’t play on Thursday, but two teams directly in the race for a Wild Card spot, the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants, lost.
Right now, the National League Wild Card landscape looks like this: the Philadelphia Phillies comfortably own the first spot, five games ahead of the third WC squad.
Then, the Arizona Diamondbacks are two games ahead of the last WC squad.
It gets tricky and interesting after that: there are just four games separating five teams fighting for just one postseason spot.
The Miami Marlins and the Cubs are both 79-74, the Cincinnati Reds are 79-75; and with lower odds we have the 76-77 Giants and the 75-78 Padres.
If the Friars pull this off, it would be remembered as one of the most miraculous comebacks in recent history.NEXT: Padres Star Comments On A Confusing 2023 Season