The San Diego Padres had a lot of expectations put on them when the 2021 MLB season began. For the most part, they've been able to meet them as they're currently 21-17 and 2.5 games behind the San Francisco Giants for first place in the NL West. However, the Padres have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games and experts are starting to take notice.
In ESPN's latest MLB power rankings, the Padres occupy the No. 6 spot. While that doesn't seem awful at first glance, it's important to know that they were No. 2 last week. If the team can't manage to get back on track, they might continue tumbling down the power rankings.
Padres News: San Diego Tumbles in ESPN MLB Power Rankings
One positive that Padres fans can take away from these rankings is that their team still ranks above the Giants, who came in at No. 7. However, San Diego also ranks below the Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 3), who are 0.5 games behind them in the division. The Padres do have a three-game series against the lowly Colorado Rockies next week, so that should allow them to climb back up the power rankings.
The Padres are allowing a league-low 3.34 runs against per game, which shows you that pitching hasn't been the issue. If anything, it's their offense that's been an issue. The Padres are scoring 4.05 runs per game (T-20th), which ranks in the bottom third of the league. If San Diego management wants to prove that they have a World Series contender on their hands, the team needs to start playing like it.
At +800, the Padres currently have the 3rd-highest odds to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, you have to imagine that those odds could change if they can't turn things around.
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