San Diego Padres 2013 Outlook

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The biggest offseason move for the San Diego Padres may very well have been making Petco Park a better hitter’s park. One of the toughest things for the Friars is finding any offensive consistency in one of baseball’s toughest hitting ballparks. With the upcoming renovations, the Padres should be able to put more runs on the board.

The Padres are going to be competing with a young roster in a very tough NL West. Here is their projected 2013 opening day lineup as their roster stands:

1) Cameron Maybin– CF

2) Everth Cabrera– SS

3) Chase Headley-3B

4) Yonder Alonso-1B

5) Carlos Quentin– LF

6) Nick Headley– C

7) Will Venable– RF

8) Logan Forsythe-2B

9) Clayton Richard-SP

The key to the lineup is going to be Alonso as he’ll need to provide the protection needed for Headley (pictured above) and be the power hitter the Padres hoped he would be when they traded Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds. I don’t see the Padres competing much this year, but they should be able to give many teams headaches. If some of their kids come up and perform, they could be an 80 win team, but it might be stretching it this year.

With the loss of Mat Latos, the San Diego Padres lack that shut down ace, which could cause them trouble in 2013. They have a few talented arms coming up through their very solid farm system, but I’m not convinced they’ll be impact guys this season. Here’s the projected rotation for 2013. Of course, making the park friendlier to hitters means their pitchers may have to work a bit harder.

1) Edinson Volquez

2) Clayton Richard

3) Tyson Ross

4) Anthony Bass

5) Casey Kelly

The key to the rotation is going to be Volquez’s ability to throw strikes. Since coming back form Tommy John surgery, he hasn’t been able to be consistent in his mechanics and it’s forced him to miss the plate way to often. If he can be within the strike zone, he’s dangerous due to his strike out stuff. Again, I don’t see the Padres competing fully in 2013, but if this rotation can limit walks and mistakes in the strike zone, they should be able to be in a lot of ball games.

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