For almost the entire offseason, the talk around MLB was between the Dodgers and Padres. Media members and the league itself made sure to hype up the apparent rivalry between these 2 teams, and it proved to be every bit as exciting as they hoped…for the first half of the season.
The Padres just lost their 37th game of the second-half, winning just 25 games in the process. Because of that, they are now mathematically eliminated from MLB playoff contention. The sudden rise of the Cardinals made it so they had to win every game from here on out just to have a shot.
Instead, they find themselves 8 games behind St Louis for the second Wild Card spot and out of the postseason. Calling them the biggest disappointment of the 2021 MLB season would not be an overstatement.
The San Diego Padres have been eliminated from playoff contention pic.twitter.com/aNbOrquiWr
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 26, 2021
It’s disappointing given the talent and potential that that gathered over the offseason. Trades for guys like Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, Ha-Seong Kim, and Joe Musgrove had MLB fans in San Diego buzzing. Their 19-9 record in the month of April only added to that excitement.
But there will be no Fernado Tatis Jr in the MLB postseason this year. There will be no Slam Diego, no Manny Machado highlight reel, and no Blake Snell World Series controversy. Instead, it’s the Dodgers and Giants that will be coming out of the NL West.
Let this be a lesson to you: never overestimate flashy moves in the offseason.