Well, the best thing the San Diego Padres have going for them is that there is nowhere to go but up for the franchise. They shared the National League high for losses in 2016, joining the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds by losing 94 times. Then again, maybe not. Most preseason prognosticators slotted the Padres into the designation as baseball's worst team.There is hope on the horizon. The two-time NL pennant winners - in 1984 and 1998 - are absolutely loaded with promising young talent.
Padres fans may not see a lot of wins in the near future but they will get a eyeful of what the future holds for the franchise.
San Diego Padres Next Regular Season Game
Here is the San Diego Padres next scheduled opponent, and while it's true the Padres will endure some long nights this season as they mold a team for tomorrow, the fact of the matter is they still have a lot going for them.
San Diego is a sensational city and Petco Park, home to the Padres, is an absolutely magnificent facility. So when the Padres' play makes you want to avert your eyes, look elsewhere and see what beauty beholds around you.
This is the San Diego Padres game schedule. It's a fact of life that the Padres may not steal your heart, but they will steal plenty of bases.
San Diego's 125 thefts on the basepaths in 2016 was good for fifth spot in the majors. Expect them to be on the go even more as their young speedsters develop better baserunning savvy.
What Are The Current San Diego Padres Standings
These are the up to the minute San Diego Padres standings, and here's an interest tidbit about the Padres - they've never made the playoffs as a Wild Card entry. It's always been one or done for them.
The Padres were a baseball rarity in 2016, able to lose more games both at home (39-42) and on the road (29-52).
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At Least The Padres Have Wil Power
One of the bright spots for the Padres in 2016 was the explosive production of first baseman Wil Myers
Myers clouted 28 homers, ripped 29 doubles and stole 28 bases while scoring 99 runs and driving home another 94 baserunners. He only figures to get better as he matures.
Everywhere, Youth Will Be Served
Another bright youngster for the Padres is rookie of the year contender Hunter Renfroe. San Diego's top pick in the 2013 MLB draft batted .371 with four homers during a brief 36 plate appearance fling last season.
Watch for fireballing reliever Carter Capps once he returns from Tommy John surgery. His repertoire includes a 100 mph fastball and a herky jerky delivery that fools hitters.