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San Diego Padres Betting – Padres Continue To Rebuild

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/10/2012 3:59:44 PM

San Diego’s sports betting chances for the season aren’t that great, but they do have a young squad worth watching in the future. However, the future won’t get you paid now, so it would be best to avoid the Padres’ odds this season.

The Lineup

Offense has long been a problem for the Padres, especially playing in spacious PETCO Park, and last season, only Ryan Ludwick reached double digits in home runs; he had 11 and is now in Cincinnati. This season, the onus is on center-fielder Cameron Maybin and right-fielder Will Venable to pick up some of the slack. If there is a positive, it’s that the Padres were first in the majors in stolen bases last year, powered by 40 for Maybin and their speed on the basepaths will help them generate more offense because they’re not a team that is going to bomb you with long ball, or even hit that well for average. Second baseman Orlando Hudson is a veteran presence, while third baseman Chase Headley may be their best contact hitter and catcher Nick Hundley isn’t far behind. The Padres are just lucky to be playing in a division like the National League West where pitching is at a premium and offense isn’t a priority, however, the Padres have to make some moves to improve their hitting soon or else they’re never going to compete.

They did manage to make a move in the offseason, landing outfielder Carlos Quentin, who promptly got knee surgery and he hopes to miss only the first month of the regular season. Quentin is a two-time All-Star from his time with the Chicago White Sox, but the Padres need him in the lineup and this relationship isn’t off to a good start.

The Pitching

Mat Latos and Aaron Harang are no longer in San Diego, but the Padres picked up Edinson Volquez in the Latos trades and he’ll be essential to the team’s MLB betting odds. He has the stuff to be a top-tier pitcher in the major leagues, but Volquez has gone downhill since getting elbow surgery in 2009 and the Padres hope he can regain the form that made him a 17-game winner in 2008. Only Cory Luebke and Clayton Richard are assured of rotation spots, along with Volquez, while Tim Stauffer should get a spot when he returns from the disabled list because of a strained elbow, and Dustin Moseley is on the shelf with a shoulder problem.

Huston Street is the new closer with Heath Bell now in Miami, and the rest of the bullpen is a mash of mostly right-handed relievers, a couple southpaws and a few pitchers who can step into the rotation in the face of injuries. Micah Owings is probably the best of the bunch and the Padres should throw him into the rotation until they get healthy. Also, the middle relievers lost Chad Qualls to Philadelphia and Luke Gregerson is probably the No.1 setup man. For a team that lives off their pitching, San Diego’s hurlers are a mess right now, but things should get better throughout the season and playing at PETCO doesn’t hurt, either.

Intangibles

Bud Black is going into his sixth season with the Padres and has a 2010 award for National League Manager of the Year on his mantle, and he received a little help from the front office by getting Quentin, but the Padres need more to really be a force in the league. The Padres have usually had one stud pitcher to get them by, but that may not happen this year, so Black has to make do with what he has. The Padres are also an incredibly young team, and currently only Houston and Kansas City are younger, so the veterans on the team will have to step up and help Black steer the kids in the right direction.

The Padres are one of the best fielding teams in the majors as well, so they don’t beat themselves with errors and quite frankly, they can’t afford to.

How It Will Play Out

Most MLB betting lines don’t give the Padres much credit and they’re a darkhorse in the West, for the National League pennant and definitely for the World Series. The Padres are looking ahead to next year with their young lineup, and seeing day-to-day progress is their main goal.

There are some solid pieces on the roster and the hitting could even exceed the pitching this season (but not by much), but it wouldn’t be smart to wager on the Padres’ online betting odds in 2012.

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