The Mets, Yankees, and Padres, ranked 1-3 in team revenue, fall at the same time

August 16, 2023 | by

After returning home last week with a 1-4 record on the road, the San Diego Padres began a 10-game homestand beginning on the 15th.

They face the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles (74-45), division rival Arizona Diamondbacks (59-60), and National League wild-card contender Miami Marlins (63-57). It’s a four-game series against Arizona.

For San Diego (56-63), it’s a chance to make a final push for a postseason wild-card berth, but they’ve lost three in a row, including a 1-4 defeat at home to Baltimore on May 15. They are now 1-7 in their last eight games.

The postseason is effectively out of the question. The trade deadline was on July 29, when the real action began. Here are the worst performing teams in the wild card race since that day.

Arizona Diamondbacks 4-12, Los Angeles Angels 5-12, Cincinnati Reds 6-10, New York Yankees 6-11, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox or better 7-9, Miami Marlins 8-9.

All seven teams mentioned above are out of the wild card race except for Miami. Miami is in third place with 63 wins and 57 losses on the season, 2.5 games behind the National League-leading Philadelphia Phillies.

Experts predict that the Yankees will miss the postseason this year. If they do, they will become the first team in MLB history to miss fall ball from the top three in revenue. The Yankees and Mets are tied for last place in the division. It’s the first time that’s happened since Aug. 7, 1977, 46 years ago.

The first-place New York Mets, who have already abandoned their season, are $303.6 million, 54 wins and 65 losses; the second-place New York Yankees, $277.7 million, 60 wins and 59 losses; and the third-place San Diego Padres, $248.9 million, 56 wins and 63 losses. Team payroll is based on opening day rosters.

Teams need to win at least 86 or 87 games to clinch a wild-card berth. Last year, the AL’s third-place Tampa Bay Rays won 86 games and the NL’s third-place Philadelphia Phillies won 87 games to earn the last ticket.

So the math says San Diego needs to win 30 of its remaining 43 games. They need a winning percentage of 7. That’s nearly impossible with the current San Diego roster. San Diego hasn’t posted more than three straight wins this year. Their longest winning streak is three.

The Washington Nationals, who reached the top of the World Series for the first time since the franchise’s inception in 2019, have had one of the most upsetting seasons in MLB history. The team changed on May 24. Up until that point, the team was 19-31 for a winning percentage of minus-5. From May 25 to the end of the regular season, they went 74-38, a .661 winning percentage, and clinched the wild card.

The Atlanta Braves did the opposite in 2021. On June 30, they were 37-41 and in fourth place in the division. They finished the regular season at 88-73. After July 1, they went 51-32 (.614 winning percentage) to win the division and clinch the World Series. 꽁머니

San Diego also showed signs of rebounding after July 2. They went 15-10 in July and seemed to be showing signs of a turnaround. However, the team went 4-8 again in August, making fall baseball a mirage.

The team’s biggest problem is its offense. They can’t win close pitching matchups. They are a dismal 6-45 when scoring three runs or less. It’s a shame that fall baseball is so far away, even with Kim’s MVP-type season.


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