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Doom and Gloom Ahead for 2016 Padres

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One year ago, the San Diego Padres were the trendy pick to make a leap after a splashy offseason, but the team learned you don’t win anything in the offseason. The Padres actually managed to win fewer games in 2015 than 2014 despite having a lineup that looked pretty good on paper.

San Diego is now void of the naive thought that the Padres are some darkhorse contender and rather then competing with the powerhouse teams atop the National League West, the Padres will be fighting to stay out of the basement in the division.

The Padres are listed at +12500 to win the World Series, which has them tied with such cruddy teams as the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. But they do manage to have better odds than the NL West bottom-dwelling Colorado Rockies.

San Diego was the worst team in baseball at the plate last season, as they finished last in batting average and on-base percentage. The Padres offered some power in their bats, but the inability to get on base erased any real chance to use it. Despite struggles last season, the Padres feature one of the younger lineups in the MLB and will be looking to see increased numbers at the plate as the youngsters learn and grow to the pace of the majors.

You would assume that a team that plays at pitcher-friendly Petco Park would post one of the better stat lines for hurlers in baseball, but the Padres managed to struggle in that regard too. James Shields was not the revelation the team had hoped for last season, as his ERA was just under 4.00 while giving up the second-most home runs in his career.

Tyson Ross still remains one of the most unheralded pitchers in baseball behind Shields, as the 28-year old had a 3.26 ERA and 212 strikeouts through 33 games. All in all the rotation is fairly young, but many of the pitchers are nearing the end of the ‘potential’ phase of their development.

The Padres' win total is set at a modest (to put it kindly) 73.5. That is a number that the team managed to surpass each of their past four seasons, but just barely. San Diego has won between 74 and 77 games in each of their past four campaigns, but that number may take a hit with the rest of the NL West getting even stronger this offseason.

San Diego winning the NL Pennant is listed as a ridiculous +5000, which manages to be lower than every single team in the American Leagues odds of going to the World Series.

Not going to sugar coat this; the Padres are probably not going to be watchable this season. They have some young talent and if they can progress and make considerable strides than they could, possibly, if everything goes right, compete for a Wild Card spot.

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2016 San Diego Padres Futures Odds
MarketOdds
World Series+12500
National League Pennant+5000
National League West+1200
Win Totals73.5

Odds as of March 30 at Bovada

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