Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner, Carlsbad flower fields are in bloom, spring breakers in college are drin.. (cough) I mean fixing houses for the poor in Lake Havasu of course! But, best of all you ask? (You didn’t ask, huh?) is Padres baseball kicks off this coming Monday in Flushing versus the New York Mets. The 2013 season for Major League Baseball will be underway this Sunday and I’m here to give you a preview for the Padres season and N.L. West predictions.
Padres Projected Opening Day Lineup (By roster, not line-up order):
LF -Carlos Quentin (injury pending/expected)
CF -Cameron Maybin
RF -Will Venable/Chris Denorfia
3B- Logan Forsythe (DL), Jedd Gyorko,? (Chase Headley — of course — will start but will be on the DL to start the season)
SS –Everth Cabrera
2B – Jedd Gyorko/Alexi Amarista
1B- Yonder Alonso
C- Nick Hundley (Least until Yasmani Grandal comes off his 50-game suspension for PED’s)
- Edinson Volquez
- Clayton Richard
- Andrew Cashner
- Eric Stults
- Tyson Ross/Jason Marquis
Closer: Huston Street
Set-up: Luke Gregerson
Tyson Ross, New owner(s) Ron Fowler/O’Malley sons.
Casey Kelly (Tommy John) Rymer Liriano (Tommy John) Cory Luebke (Recoving til July) Joe Wieland (Tommy John recovery)
Projection: 3rd in N.L. West
Keeping the faith: This is a generous prediction. Last year, the Padres finished with one of the best records after the All-Star Break, but as usual, they dug themselves into an early hole into the season to add to the usual injury bugs that bit some key players. This worked in 2009, which turned into success in 2010 so maybe lightning can strike twice? Probably not, but this time the Padres need a quick start for this to work, which will be very tough, but not completely impossible.
Reality: This is one of the years where we will see what kind of farm system the Padres have (Talkin’ to you Jedd); they need to prove their high-ranking farm system and unfortunately that won’t put butts in the seats until the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants are in town. Chase Headley, depending on where the team will be in the standings, could be sellers again and could see Headley on the move, but we all thought that last year too, right? Except this time there is no long term offer waiting. Giants and Dodgers are still just too tough for the two horse race that is the N.L. West Crown.
NL West Standings:
- Giants (World Champs always the favorite plus Rick Flair says it all; expect more Cal-Trans Orange and Panda hats at Petco this year per usual)
- Dodgers (Magic-Ball in L.A. will give Padres fans headaches for years to come, expect more Doyer Blue at Petco this year per usual.)
- Padres (Some fresh talent on the field but pitching is mediocre)
- Rockies (Just like Coors, it’s not bad but not good. No pitching and need a healthy Tulo.)
- D-Backs (Some predict them to be the Oakland A’s of last year but trades of Upton, Young and top prospect Bauer, KT looking to the future?)
– Ryan Pedersen