The San Diego Padres took control of their World Series destiny this offseason. They traded for Yu Darvis, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove while adding prized KBO infielder Ha-Seong Kim and reliever Mark Melancon in free agency. This reloaded roster, headlined by incumbent superstar Fernano Tatis Jr., has performed like it should with a 3-1 record to begin 2021.
San Diego has the third-best odds to win the World Series at +800 on WynnBET. Their commanding start to this year shows the impact of this offseason's splashy moves.
The Padres recognized their roster needed a boost after last season's playoff flameout. Now they're on the inside track for a possible World Series appearance.
San Diego started its season 3-0 and won in two key ways. They held on to close one- and two-run wins to begin the year. Then they dominated the Diamondbacks with 7 unanswered runs on Saturday. Those victories showcase the team's scary ability to thrive in any situation.
Darvish had a disappointing debut where he was pulled before the end of the fifth inning, but the team rallied to beat Arizona anyways. New arrivals Joe Musgrove and Blake Snell performed better in their debuts. That's a reminder to the league how much this starting rotation has improved.
The bats of Tatis, Kim and Manny Machado haven't even carried the team thus far. Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers and Victor Caratini have 13 combined RBI. The depth of this team is scary.
San Diego's improved rotation, added offensive contributors and reliable bullpen make them legit World Series contenders. The way they've started the season shows they're ready to redeem themselves after last year's NLDS sweep.