5 Questions the San Diego Padres Must Answer During Spring Training

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5 Questions the San Diego Padres Must Answer During Spring Training

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If the San Diego Padres do not want to be part of one of the most competitive divisions in all of Major League Baseball, they should petition the league for a transfer. The National League West is bound to be one of the top two most competitive in the game this year. How will the Padres fair in such an environment?

As someone once said, that is the 64 thousand dollar question. Of course it would be worth closer to the 64 million dollar question in MLB but you get the idea. Even Padres players admit their team is such that many will pick them to make the playoffs and just as many will pick them to finish last. I think that is exactly right but which will it be?

There is obviously no way to be certain but signs can emerge as early as Spring Training that might give us a hint as to how the year might go. Certain questions answered might shine a light on the real potential of the team. They could do great things or they could flop and cause trouble for everyone.

Determining the answers to several questions is a very good way for the Padres to get some idea of how they will do against the other improved teams in the west. One thing is for sure, no team in the NL West except one plan on it being a runaway division this year. It will be a dogfight to the finish in all likelihood so where will the Padres be? We’ll have to wait and see.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – How Will Tyson Ross Handle Expectations?

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Ross is probably one of the more promising young pitchers in the NL this season. To be at his age and already being placed high in the rotation could be a lot of pressure. How will he respond to the expectations? I think he will do quite well.

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4 – Who Will be the Fifth Starter?

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There are a ton of guys in the mix for the Padres final rotation spot which is as it should be. If there is not a concrete fifth guy then they should have as many bodies as they can in there for the competition. Which one will come out on top? It is one of the more important and entertaining questions of the spring season.

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3 –Will Yonder Alonso Continue Improving?

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Alonso has the potential to be an absolute force for the entire season for the Padres. If he is to take another step forward as a power-hitting first baseman it should start this spring season. Will he set the stage for a great season with a huge spring?

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2 – How Will Chase Headley Hit the Gate?

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Opinions vary about the importance of Spring Training. For a player like Headley however it would seem to be very important this season. He needs very much to take a big step towards regaining his MVP-like form of 2012 if the Padres are to compete all season long. Can he take a step towards that in Spring Training?

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1 – Can Andrew Cashner Keep All-Star Form from 2013?

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While the ERA is not that important for a pitcher during most of the spring season, the work they do progressing forward is. How will Cashner respond to his great 2013? He is the absolute man this year for the Padres and could even be a Cy-Young sleeper candidate depending on how things unfold. How will he do under that spotlight?

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