The San Diego Padres entered the 2022 MLB season surrounded by high expectations. Those expectations have grown even higher thanks to the addition of outfielder Juan Soto. With a 68-56 record, the Padres currently sit 2.0 games up in a Wild Card spot nearing the end of August.
That means they remain a contender for the World Series and even have odds set at +1900 to hoist the Commissioner's Trophy over on FanDuel Sportsbook. Those odds rank seventh in all of baseball, so let's take a look at three stats that prove San Diego has what it takes to win it all.
San Diego Padres World Series
1. 449 Walks (No. 2 in MLB)
Teams like the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves are garnering a ton of attention from MLB fans because they launch more home runs than any other team in their respective leagues. While staying disciplined and drawing walks may not seem as exciting, it is crucial to winning games on a regular basis. The Padres have drawn the second-most walks in baseball and are tied for the fourth-best walk rate (9.5%). That has helped them post the seventh-best on-base percentage (.320) as well. Players like Juan Soto and Jurickson Profar are giving the team more opportunities to score by being patient. That'll come in handy during the playoffs.
2. 66 Quality Starts (No. 2 in MLB)
On the mound, San Diego has a starting rotation that should be feared as the playoffs start to near. It's a rotation that has logged the second-most quality starts in the league (66) and also owns the eighth-best ERA (3.76). Facing Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish and Blake Snell in a win or go home series would not be an easy task. Musgrove and Darvish both own ERAs under 3.40 and average over 4.85 strikeouts per walk. Meanwhile, Snell is averaging a ridiculous 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. More pressure is put on pitching during the postseason and the Padres have the depth to compete with any rotation they'll face.
3. .988 Fielding Percentage (T-No. 4 in MLB)
Putting together a team capable of making an impact both at the plate and on the field is the main objective of any MLB front office. San Diego has excelled in that department this season given the team is tied for the fourth-best fielding percentage in the sport (.988). The Padres are also tied for the sixth-least errors and roster only one player with more than 5 errors on the year (Manny Machado). Every baserunner means more in the playoffs and avoiding letting the opposition get on base via a mistake is vital. San Diego's ability to play clean defense has been an underrated part of their success.
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