Machado went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss against the Dodgers on Tuesday. Of Machado's nine homers this year, four have come against the Dodgers -- including two off future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw. After struggling at the start of his first season with the Padres, Machado has picked it up by getting at least one hit in 16 of his last 18 games, batting 21-for-72 (.292) over that stretch.
Machado went 3-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's 12-2 loss to the Rockies. He got a weekend series in Coors Field started on the right foot. Machado's hit safely in nine of the last 10 games, slugging four homers over that stretch, but his .250/.325/.438 slash line through his first 38 contests for the Padres remains below the expectations established by his mammoth contract.
Machado went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in Saturday's 7-6 loss to the Dodgers. Machado drilled a pair of solo shots off Dodgers starter Rich Hill. With his first multi-homer game of 2019, he has four long balls in four games this month, giving him eight on the year. The 26-year-old is still batting just .244 across 123 at-bats.
Machado went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Padres' 5-1 defeat to the Braves on Wednesday. It's been a slow start to the season for Machado, but he managed to check in with his fifth long ball of the season in this contest, touching up Max Fried with a fourth-inning solo blast for his team's only run on the day. It was his first time leaving the yard since April 12 and Machado is still slashing just .236/.323/.391 through his first 110 at-bats with the Padres. However, he can heat up in a hurry, so hopefully this is a sign he's set to get on track.
Machado is starting at shortstop for Tuesday's tilt against the Braves. With Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list with a hamstring injury, Machado gets the nod at shortstop for this contest. Machado could find himself manning the position frequently while the Padres' star rookie is out.
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