Don’t look now…and don’t look long, but at least for today the San Diego Padres are tied for first place in the National League West with the Los Angeles Dodgers!

I’ll be happy if they can end the season in third place, but here at the beginning of the season the purchase of our $300 million dollar man, Manny Machado, has changed the entire outlook of the hitters on the team. The team appears to hit several home runs each game as if the hitters see Machado making all that money and say, “Hey, Rich Guy, hold my beer and watch THIS!”

Machado leads the club in on base percentage because people pitch around him, but he doesn’t lead in home runs…Renfroe does with four, but Machado had his third yesterday and he is coming, relentlessly. In 13 games, the Padres have hit 17 home runs. Several days ago,, the Giants were ahead of the Padres 5-0 in the fifth, but the Padres won 6-5 via several home runs.

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