A year ago, at this time, we were pleading the Padres to let the Sheriff break camp in the starting rotation. Well, they did, and Chris Paddack  certainly didn’t disappoint. As expected, he was on an innings limit, and while his 9-7 record was nothing to write home about, his 9.79 K/9 was excellent, and he posted a quality 3.33 ERA. His 3.95 FIP and 4.05 xFIP indicate that his ERA should have been a bit higher, but he does a great job of minimizing damage, and his 1.98 BB/9 keeps him out of avoidable danger. As the year went on, his stats dwindled a bit, but that was to be expected, considering he didn’t pitch in 2017 due to injury and he threw just 90 innings in 2018.

Take a look at his numbers across his first 82.1 innings, compared to the last 58.1 innings he threw in 2019.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Paddack was as good as they come in the beginning of the season. He carried over exactly what he did in the minors, which was striking out more than one batter per inning,...