San Diego Padres Season Preview and Tickets

The San Diego Padres won 89 games last season to finish second in the National League West and make the playoffs as a Wild Card. They made it all the way to the NLCS, knocking off the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, before falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games. Beating the Dodgers was an outstanding achievement, as that team finished with 111 wins and beat the Padres into second place. Running them down is going to be tough.

The Padres begin the season at home, welcoming the Colorado Rockies to Petco Park for a four-game series that begins on Thursday, March 30. The Arizona Diamondbacks then travel to the West Coast, with the Padres hosting the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, and San Franciso Giants before the end of April.

Here are three questions for the Padres ahead of the 2023 season.

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Three Key Questions

Does the lineup hit as expected?

This is the most feared lineup in the league. It might be the most feared lineup in the league in decades. The power-hitting quartet of Fendnao Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, Manny Machado, and Xander Bogaerts is – frankly – ridiculous. If Tatis comes back from his PED suspension ready to hit, and if Bogaerts is at it from the off at the plate in San Diego, then it is hard to see how opposing pitchers get through the meat of this ordering without giving up runs every single time.

Can Tatis stay on the field?

Tatis is one of the biggest keys to that sugging depth. His slash line of .292/.369/.596 in his three years in the league is outstanding. The issue is that he struggled to stay on the field even before his 80-game suspension for PED use. Of the 498 Padres games he could have played in his career pre-suspension, he made it onto the field in just 273. That is just 55% of possible games played, with Tatis suffering from hamstring, back, shoulder, and wrist injuries that have forced him out of the lineup. The optimist would say that other than perhaps the shoulder, none of these injuries have been recurring. The pessimist would say that expecting 75% of games out of a 55% career guy is laughable.

Has the itching depth improved?

The Padres got great years out of Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove in 2022. The three combined for a 3.11 ERA and pitched just over 500 innings in 84 starts. The rest of the pitchers – so the other 78 games combined – saw a 4.69 ERA and much worse advanced metrics. The good news for the Padres is that the major contributors – specifically Sean Manaea and Mike Clecvinger are gone, so if only one other pitcher – from a bunch of options – can step up and get close to the level of their top trio, the pitching will be better.

Upcoming Padres Home Games (Before the All-Star Break)

Thu, March 30 – Colorado Rockies

Fri, March 31 – Colorado Rockies

Sat, April 1 – Colorado Rockies

Sun, April 2 – Colorado Rockies

Mon, April 3 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Tue, April 4 – Arizona Diamondbacks

Thu, April 13 – Milwaukee Brewers

Fri, April 14 – Milwaukee Brewers

Sat, April 15 – Milwaukee Brewers

Sun, April 16 – Milwaukee Brewers

Mon, April 17 – Atlanta Braves

Tue, April 18 – Atlanta Braves

Wed, April 19 – Atlanta Braves

Sat, April 29 – San Francisco Giants (Mexico City)

Sun, April 30 – San Francisco Giants (Mexico City)

Mon, May 1 – Cincinnati Reds

Tue, May 2 – Cincinnati Reds

Wed, May 3 – Cincinnati Reds

Fri, May 5 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Sat, May 6 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Sun, May 7 – Los Angeles Dodgers

Mon, May 15 – Kansas City Royals

Tue, May 16 – Kansas City Royals

Wed, May 17 – Kansas City Royals

Fri, May 19 – Boston Red Sox

Sat, May 20 – Boston Red Sox

Sun, May 21 – Boston Red Sox

Fri, June 2 – Chicago Cubs

Sat, June 3 -Chicago Cubs

Sun, June 4 – Chicago Cubs

Mon, June 5 – Chicago Cubs

Tue, June 6 – Seattle Mariners

Wed, June 7 – Seattle Mariners

Tue, June 13 – Cleveland Guardians

Wed, June 14 – Cleveland Guardians

Thu, June 15 – Cleveland Guardians

Fri, June 16 – Tampa Bay Rays

Sat, June 17 – Tampa Bay Rays

Sun, June 18 – Tampa Bay Rays

Fri, June 23 – Washington Nationals

Sat, June 24 – Washington Nationals

Sun, June 25 – Washington Nationals

Mon, July 3 – Los Angeles Angels

Tue, July 4 – Los Angeles Angels

Wed, July 5 – Los Angeles Angels

Fri, July 7 – New York Mets

Sat, July 8 – New York Mets

Sun, July 9 – New York Mets

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