Handicapper's Early Look at the San Diego Padres

Doug Upstone

Friday, February 28, 2014 6:45 PM GMT

Take a look at our live report from the Cactus League for the San Diego Padres. We'll take a look at the MLB betting odds prospects for the 2014 season to offer up some of our predictions.

San Diego – Projected Win Total Ov79 wins – Fourth in the NL West

After two straight years of 76-86, Padres fans are getting anxious and want to see a better product (winning team) on the field. The San Diego front office did not make a lot of moves, believing after all the injuries from last year, a return to health might be good enough to show real improvement.

Being able to have Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin adds a great deal to the offense from the outfield positions, to go along with Will Venable and Chris Donorfia.

San Diego was 24th in runs scored in baseball and where they could use the most improvement is at the corners where 3B Chase Headley and 1B Yonder Alonso need big years if the Pads will be worthy of more baseball picks from MLB baseball handicappers.

The Padres have a deep if not overwhelming starting staff with Andrew Cashner as their top pitcher and Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross also on board. The Friars signed Josh Johnson and hope he returns to pre-injury form.

Having a bullpen with Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit is a big plus and could move San Diego up in the standings in a rugged division but they have to have more offense to so.  

Game Notes – Eric Stults was rocked for three runs in his two innings as the Padres starter, but it very early in spring and he’s veteran hurler just trying to throw strikes. I was impressed with the velocity of reliever Anthony Carter. 

MLB Season Prospects – I will see the team one more time and offer final verdict with MLB picks versus the sportsbooks projections.