Breaking down the San Diego Padres
Following the four games in Seattle, the Tigers will head south to San Diego to do battle with the Padres of the National League West.
While the Tigers and Mariners are in a position to turn things around, the Padres might not be.
The rebuilding National League West club is 28-42 with a Major-League worst -113 run differential.
By comparison, the Tigers have seven position players with a WAR above 0.5.
On the pitching side of things, Richard (1.4 WAR) and Chacin (0.8) have been the highest ranking players in terms of WAR among healthy San Diego arms.
Richard has been dependable with a 3.86 FIP, but Chacin’s FIP sits at 4.53.
Pitching-wise, Detroit’s top two starters in terms of WAR, Michael Fulmer (2.4 WAR) and Daniel Norris (1.2) significantly outperform the Padres’ top two healthy arms.
With some favorable matchups, the Detroit Tigers have a chance to turn things around. They clearly have the talent, they just need to start playing better.