The tone rises between Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado
Most pundits agreed that the Dodgers and Padres would be postseason playoffs in 2021. For the Dodgers, the goal has been met, but for San Diego, it is quite different.
With several significant acquisitions during the offseason, especially at the mound, management, coaching staff and the players themselves must have had the same ambition. However, in mid-September, it is not and frustration is invited in the daily life of the team.
Yesterday, against the Cardinals in St. Louis, arguments became more scathing in the dugout between veteran Manny Machado and young club star Fernando Tatis Jr. following a series of events that led to the eviction of manager Jayce Tingler.
In the fifth inning, Tatis Jr. was struck out by Adam Wainwright and had an argument with the umpire at the plate. It was then that manager Tingler came to plead the cause of his star player with the result that we know.
Back in the dugout, 10-year Majors veteran Manny Machado told Tatis Jr. that it’s not all about him and that the good of the team matters first and foremost. Their teammate Adam Frazier and a coach got in between the two men, who had a good spat.
On the pitch, the Padres have conceded an eighth loss in their last eleven games and are now two and a half games away from those same Cardinals for a playoff spot.
Asked about the events, Jayce Tingler mentioned that Manny Machado has fully assumed his leadership role since the start of the season and that this type of feud is rife in professional sports.
Without minimizing the verbal altercation, the manager of the Padres added that everyone respected each other and that the climate was good in the entourage of the team despite the difficulties on the pitch.
Speaking of the game, the visitors led the scoring for much of the night, but the Cards scored three runs late in the eighth inning for the win, a 78th this season and a seventh in a row.
Padres starter Yu Darvish may have had one of his strong starts this season as he did not allow a run in seven innings on the mound, and struck out nine batters. His teammate, Emilio Pagán, spoiled the sauce by giving the locals all three points, including a two-point home run for Canadian Tyler O’Neill.
Unlike the Padres, everything points in the right direction for the Cardinals, who many saw eliminated barely a month ago.
- The Brewers are in the playoffs.
- Max Scherzer continues to dominate.
- Gary Sanchez cost the Yankees dearly yesterday.
- The third player in the transaction Chris Archer arrives with the Rays.