There’s also, like, a lot of games left. Calling San Diego a disappointment is very premature
100%. It's still May for everyone....but the point is that just opening the wallet doesn't equal winning. Maybe SD figures it out. Mets have had the same issue and were getting taken down by TB but rallied in improbable fashion then ripped off 5 in a row. Cards were in last, still not good, but not in last now and trying to work back into it. PIT was hot early then slowed down some.
In every case (including the Orioles) it isn't some vast separation in Talent that is leading to anything, it's execution of that Talent on the field. That will be true for everyone over the next 4.5 months.
Padres want to right the ship. Everyone had them and the Mets as 2 of the top pre-season teams. You win between the lines on the field, not in line at the bank.