Fernando Tatis Jr. has a knack for getting hurt, then returning with a bang. On Sunday in Arizona he had four hits and four RBI from the leadoff spot. He played the game in right field, which is an interesting spot to see him in the lineup.
It was a highlight show of Tatis Jr., who got the Padres to 67-53 on the year.
With him, they’re must see television. Without him, they’re usually around a .500 ballclub. This is why he’s likely to win the NL Most Valuable Player award in November.
What’s more, it’s true that all the injuries have given Tatis Jr. time to be fresh. Still, it’s hard to imagine what he would have done from a numbers standpoint if he played the entire year. We will never know – and perhaps he will never be a guy who plays 160 games-plus in a season.
But when he’s on the field, he’s an every game difference maker. If he can stay upright the rest of the year, the Padres will be in the playoffs and he will be the undisputed MVP of the NL.