It’s been nine seasons since the San Diego Padres earned a post season berth- will they rise from the NL West basement to make this the year it happens? It’s going to take this team getting into a good groove and a career year from their star players, but they always have a chance. As far as the Padres pitching rotation goes, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and James Shields will carry the workload and should be a strength for this 2016 squad. Over the offseason, San Diego dealt two members of their bullpen, set up man Joaquin Benoit and closer Craig Kimbrel for six prospects leaving their relievers sort of up in the air for the season. Whatever the bullpen shapes up to look like, it should be successful at pitcher-friendly Petco Park. San Diego inked a one-year contract with shortstop Alexei Ramirez who spend his first eight seasons with the White Sox. Wil Myers, who was sidelined for most of 2015 with a wrist injury is expected to take over first base duties after Yonder Alonso was traded to Oakland. Yangervis Solarte returns at third after a solid 2015 season
netting 14 homers and 63 RBI’s. Rightfielder Matt Kemp, who rebounded with an excellent second half of last season could be vital for the Padres in 2016 and will be joined by Jon Jay who came over from St. Louis in a trade for Jedd Gyorko, and Melvin Upton Jr. in center field.
San Diego Padres ticket holders would love to see this team climb out of the NL West cellar and make some headway towards the post season. If this team can remain healthy and find their rhythm, look for this club to take strides towards a winning culture in San Diego again. If nothing else, Padres fans can look forward to the All Star Game this season taking place at Petco Park. Be sure to secure all your San Diego Padres tickets for the season and head out to support these guys this summer.