Manny Machado MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Manny Machado MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

Written by on May 1, 2020

The San Diego Padres were one of the big winners of the 2019 offseason as they won the bidding for Manny Machado. He had a solid first year with the Friars. Here are two props available to wager at Mybookie on Machado’s and the Padres’ 2020 MLB season – assuming there is one – and an overview.

Manny Machado MLB Awards Odds & Analysis For 2020 Season

In 162 games between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018, Machado batted .297 (188-for-632) with a 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs) .367 OBP, .538 SLG, .905 OPS, 35 doubles, three triples, 37 home runs, 107 RBI (career high), 70 walks, 14 stolen bases and 84 runs scored. The 26-year-old tied for the most games played in MLB and finished T-3rd in hits, 4th in total bases (340), T-6th in multi-hit games (54).

Only six times in Padres history had a player hit more home runs in a season than Machado did in 2018. The last to do so was Adrian Gonzalez (40) in 2009. Thus, you can see why the power-starved Padres wanted him.

Machado and Bryce Harper were the most coveted free agents last offseason, and for a while there, Machado was the highest-paid player in MLB history. He signed a 10-year, $300 free-agent deal with the Padres, which included an opt-out after the fifth season and a limited no-trade clause. Machado’s contract has since been passed by a few players, but he had a fine first season with the Friars.

He led the Padres in runs (81), XBH (55) and BB (65), ranked T-1st in runs created (86), 2nd in HR (32), RBI (85), total hits (150), games played (156), at-bats (587) and plate appearances (661) and was third with 21 doubles. Machado became the 18th Padre to record 30 HR and 20 2B in a season (last: Wil Myers in 2017). He joined Hunter Renfroe as the 2nd pair of Padres teammates to have 30+ HR campaigns in the same season (also: Phil Nevin’s 41 and Ryan Klesko’s 30 in 2001).

Machado killed left-handed pitching, ranking among NL leaders in several categories. He was T-1st in SLG (.685), T-6th in HR (13), 8th in OBP (.404) and T-9th in AVG (.315). On the flip side, he struggled against right-handers. Machado’s.239 AVG was 8th-lowest, his .400 SLG was 9th-lowest and his .315 OBP was 10th-lowest. However, 19 of his 32 HR came against righties.

In a four-game series at Colorado from June 13-16, Machado posted a 1.655 OPS, going 10-for-19 (.526) with 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI and 1 BB. His 1.655 mark was the 2nd-highest OPS of any player in a 4-game series in 2019 (min. 19 at-bats), behind Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon’s 1.917 OPS in that same series.

On July 20 at Wrigley Field, Machado hit his 200th career homer, a 2-run shot off Jose Quintana. In doing so, he became the 2nd-youngest third baseman (27 years, 14 days old) to hit 200 HR in ML history, behind Eddie Matthews (25 years, 242 days).

Manny Machado is now 1 of just 3 players to hit 30+ home runs in each of his last 5 seasons (2015-19), joining Nelson Cruz and Nolan Arenado. Machado ended 2019 as 1 of just 10 active players with 5+ 30 HR seasons.

If there’s reason for concern from last year, Machado recorded the lowest barrel percentage (8.0) since the 2015 season and struggled to produce on non-fastballs. On breaking and off-speed pitches, he hit just .211 and .135, respectively. He crushed fastballs to the tune of a .306 average with 23 home runs.

His batted balls were relatively similar to previous years – 17.1 percent line drives, 41.8 percent groundballs, and 41.1 percent flyballs – but Machado may have been the victim of bad luck, recording a .274 BABIP.

Defensively, Machado had a .960 fielding percentage at third base in 119 games and a .973 fielding percentage in 37 games at shortstop last year. Both numbers were similar to league-average values, but he did commit 14 errors.