NLWest_San Diego Padres

2014 Baltimore Gameday HQ Round 2

SAN DIEGO PADRES 5-YEAR SCORECARD 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 WINS 76 76 71 90 75 RUNS PER GAME 3.81 4.02 3.66 4.10 3.94 RUNS ALLOWED PER GAME 4.32 4.38 3.77 3.59 4.75 OPENING-DAY PAYROLL (millions) $68 $55 $45 $37 $43 Chase Headley 2014 STRENGTHS: • Continuity; position players mostly three-year starters • Good lineup balance 2014 WEAKNESSES: • Lineup lacks middle-ofthe order presence Forecasting an 81-81 season for a team that’s been five games below .500 the past two years just feels kind of right. The band is back. Still an indie band. No big hits just yet. But they’ve gained experience on the road that could translate to more wins at home. Still sticking to their roots, but the record label has poured some more money into this release. HITTING Not only could the Padres not hit their way out of a paper bag in 2013, they couldn’t even hit it over a Petco Park 396-foot centerfield fence, ranking 21st in the MLB in home runs. On top of that, the 618 runs San Diego scored last season ranked only 24th. So when you see this year’s starting lineup features eight starters from last year’s team, well, nothing much has probably changed here. On the hard-to-see bright side, one could argue the Padres’ 1-2 and 6-7-8 hitters are every bit as dangerous as their 3-4-5 heart of the lineup. Seriously, seventhslot second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who led the team in homers (23) in 2013 or second-slot rightfielder Will Venable (22), may be the first to 20 again among Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso. NL WEST ROB LEITER/GETTY IMAGES SPORT


2014 Baltimore Gameday HQ Round 2
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