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Season Stat Predictions For The San Diego Padres’ Opening Day Lineup

Stat Predictions For The San Diego Padres' Opening Day Lineup

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As we approach opening day, you will begin to see countless predictions about how certain teams will finish in the standings. While those are always good to take a look at, we all know where a team finishes in the standings is a direct result of a combination of the individual performances.

The Padres have quietly put together a lineup that I feel will make some noise in 2014. Exactly how much noise you ask? Well, let's take a look.

1. SS - Everth Cabrera

Everth Cabrera
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1. SS - Everth Cabrera

Everth Cabrera
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Anybody who knows me knows that I firmly believe the Padres' offense will only go as far as Cabrera will take them. Never having more than 398 at-bats in a season in his career, Cabrera will finally have a full season's worth of at bats and do well with them.

AB: 530, AVG: .276, OBP: .341, HR: 6, RBI: 43, BB: 63, SB: 51

2. CF - Will Venable

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2. CF - Will Venable

Will Venable
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Will Venable had a career-high 481 at-bats in 2014, and not shockingly, he had a career year. His untypically high amount of at-bats were a direct result of the almost season long absence of regular center fielder Cameron Maybin. The fact that Maybin should play more this season as well as the arrival of Seth Smith means Venable's totals could suffer.

AB: 379, AVG: .260, OBP: .336, HR: 16, RBI: 48, BB: 36, SS: 14

3. 3B - Chase Headley

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3. 3B - Chase Headley

Chase Headley
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Who Chase Headley really is as a player is actually a bit of a mystery. Prior to his MVP caliber run in 2012, when he hit .286 with 31 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 604 at bats, Headley had only hit above .269 once and his career high in home runs was 12. Headley looked more pre-2012 than 2012 in 2013. I feel Headley will be a mixture of both in 2014.

AB: 540, AVG: .263, OBP: .342, HR: 20, RBI: 77, BB: 69, SB: 14

4. LF - Carlos Quentin

Carlos Quentin
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4. LF - Carlos Quentin

Carlos Quentin
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Plain and simple, if Quentin is healthy he will hit. Because Quentin is constantly dealing with injuries, the hardest number to predict in regards to Quentin would have to be at-bats. While I give him the benefit of the doubt in my predictions, I'm realistic as well given his injury plagued history.

AB: 451, AVG: .277, OBP: .354, HR: 24, RBI: 82, BB: 53, SB: 0

5. 1B - Yonder Alonso

Yonder Alonso
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5. 1B - Yonder Alonso

Yonder Alonso
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With Yonder Alonso, you pretty much know you're going to get a decent average, a nice amount of walks and doubles, and more than likely 10 or less home runs if healthy. That's who he is. Alonso had 215 less at-bats in 2013 than 2012 due to injury, and he might not get all of those 215 back in 2014 even if healthy because of the emergence of Tommy Medica.

AB: 479, AVG: .282, OBP: .341, HR: 8, RBI: 58, BB: 55, SB: 4

6. 2B - Jedd Gyorko

Jedd Gyorko
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6. 2B - Jedd Gyorko

Jedd Gyorko
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Gyorko lived up to the 2013 offseason excitement and hype in his rookie season, finishing second among all major league second-basemen in home runs -- and that's with 37 games missed. While his 2013 batting average and on-base percentage were lacking, fans should expect better results in those departments in 2014 due to experience.

AB: 520, AVG: .265, OBP: .321, HR: 29, RBI: 80, BB: 43, SS: 3

7. C - Nick Hundley

Nick Hundley
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7. C - Nick Hundley

Nick Hundley
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Hundley's run as a starter could be short-lived in 2014 as Yasmani Grandal's return is on the fast track as well as him possibly having to deal with an Austin Hedges call-up at some point in the season. Hundley had a career-high 373 at-bats in 2013, but a number similar to his previous average of 242 at-bats a season is more likely in 2014.

AB: 220, AVG: .236, OBP: 301, HR: 6, RBI: 35, BB: 21, SB: 0

8. RF - Chris Denorfia

Chris Denorfia
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8. RF - Chris Denorfia

Chris Denorfia
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Chris Denorfia was huge for the Padres in 2013, as he was the Padres' most clutch player. Hitting .301 with runners on base, .289 with runners in scoring position and a ridiculous .321 with runners in scoring position with two outs, he definitely earned that title. While he might not approach the 473 at-bats he had last season, he should get enough ABs to have an impact in 2014.

AB: 365, AVG: .282, OBP: .340, HR: 11, RBI: 40, BB: 33, SB: 12