San Diego Padres 2017 First Look
Apr 02, 2017 12:50PM ● Published by Tyler Chalmers
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It's opening day! Baseball is back! The Padres open the Regular season in Los Angeles on Monday, April 3rd against the division rival Dodgers. The game will be televised on ESPN at 1 pm local time. The Padres will be having Jhoulys Chacin pitch on opening day. Chachin had played for both Atlanta and Anaheim last year. The Dodgers will be pitching three-time NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw. The Friars have their backs against the wall opening day against the talented lefty but it does not end on April 3rd.
The Pads are projected to finish with the worst record in the MLB according to many professional writers and bloggers. Vegas has anticipated the same, as they begin the season with 150-1 odds on winning the World Series. Although the World Series may seem like an absurd reality for the Padres in 2017, there are many positives going around the clubhouse for the coming years.
With a large number of prospects and young men throughout the Padres farm system, they have developed a top four farm system in the majors. This led to a Pacific Leauge Championship for the Padres AAA affiliate El Paso Chihuahuas. This has provided prospects such as Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, and Austin Hedges, all of whom will get much more time than they did the year before at the major league level.
Along with the strong farm system, the Padres have shown that management will be active as well. The Padres have finally shown that they are willing to pay big money to keep a big name player. They extended Wil Myers’ contract to a six-year 83 million dollar contract. This is new occurrence for a Padres organization that has let many big names leave in search of money that they were not willing to pay. The last all-star first basemen, since Wil Myers, that the Padres had was Adrian Gonzalez, who had left his hometown of Eastlake to play for the rival Dodgers. The future looks bright for the Padres and the ownership is active to support their young talent and do what they deem necessary to return to winning ways.
There are 10 straight days of Padres baseball starting Monday against the Dodgers. Then the Home opener weekend series against the Giants. After, the Friars travel to Colorado to play the Rockies.
Play ball and Go Padres Go!
Tyler Chalmers, Correspondent, Dig Imperial Beach