Bouncing back from adversity molds a contending MLB team and that is exactly what the San Diego Padres are doing right now. Since being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals to end the month of May, the Padres are 10-4 and their success has come with a surge in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.
San Diego Padres Power Rankings
San Diego improved from No. 6 last week to No. 4 this week, jumping over a pair of American League powerhouses in the Toronto Blue Jays (5) and Houston Astros (6). The Padres also trail only two other National League squads in the rankings, and they are currently tied for the NL West division lead with a 40-24 record.
Manager Bob Melvin is seeing contributions from all over the roster, but it's his pitching staff that sticks out the most. San Diego's rotation boasts the third-best ERA in baseball and leads the majors with 36 quality starts. Joe Musgrove (7-0, 1.50 ERA) has shined as an early Cy Young candidate.
At the plate, third baseman Manny Machado is playing at an MVP level. The 29-year-old ranks sixth in the league with 46 runs scored to go along with 16 doubles, 11 home runs, 42 RBI and 7 stolen bases. San Diego also possesses the third-best run differential (+72) thanks to some dominant victories.
The Padres have an opportunity to upgrade their offensive firepower at the trade deadline and become even scarier. Nevertheless, this is a team that remains a bit underrated as San Diego is tied for the seventh-best odds to win the World Series at +1500, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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