MLB Picks: Padres' Pitchers Fight For A Spot In a Worrying Preview for 2016

Joe Catalano

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:49 PM GMT

MLB odds makers give the Padres no realistic chance whatsoever to win the World Series. They have a 4 above-average man pitching staff that will attempt to make the Pads competitive.

Big Game” Shields or Tyson Ross
From what I've heard, Shields is the ace of the staff and Ross is the number 2 guy. While I don't necessarily agree with this order, both pitchers are very good at what they do and San Diego will need the offense that they possess to cash MLB picks this season.

James Shields must be kicking himself as he leaves the Kansas City Royals before the season when they finally win a World Series after almost 3 decades. There is no hope of winning one in San Diego, unless they make some moves, but Shields needs to live up to his nickname.

While 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA is a solid season, he's not worthy of a spot as the ace of the staff. Petco Park is a pitcher's park and most of Shield's success came at home, in which he pitched to a 3.29 ERA.

That said, he did pitch 202 1/3 innings and struck out 216 batters while allowing opposing batters to a .248 batting average. These are certainly solid numbers and there are occasions in which Shields did pitch well in a “big game”; however, to claim that this guy is a big game pitcher such as a Clayton Kershaw is completely insane. He's a good, but an overrated pitcher; A number 2 or 3 guy on any pitching staff at best.

 

A Gem On a Lousy Team
All you have to do is look at Tyson Ross' career statistics. He's 32-52 with a 3.57 ERA for his career; something doesn't sound right to me. Last season, he had another losing season, going 10-12 with a spectacular 3.26 ERA and 212 strikeouts.

The answer is that he's being wasted on this team and not receiving an adequate amount of run support. Being just 28 years old, Ross is entering his prime. I wouldn't be surprised if he requests a trade or waits for free agency.

In the meanwhile, the fans at Petco Park get to see a superstar pitcher that loses more than he wins. In almost 200 innings for the season, Ross allowed a mere 9 home runs. This guy is the real deal and San Diego could get a lot in return offensively if they were intelligent; don't hold your breath.

 

Andrew Cashner
The best that I can say for Andrew Cashner is that he has a career ERA of 3.59, but with most San Diego pitchers, their win-loss marks leave a lot to be desired. For Cashner's career, he's 26-42. His case is different than Tyson Ross', as he didn't pitch nearly as good as Ross last season and isn't on the same level. Cashner was a dismal 6-16 with a 4.34 ERA. While a 4.34 ERA isn't great, it warrants a better overall record.

Cashner got hit around fairly well last season, allowing opponents to a .279 BA. My gut says that he'll pitch better in 2016, but it remains to be seen. He must pitch better, or San Diego will be in the basement of the National League West Division.

 

Possible Help
Drew Pomeranz comes over from the Oakland Athletics and attempts to make his mark in a pitcher-friendly National League. In 2015, Pomeranz was 5-6 with a 3.66 ERA; he started just 9 out of the 53 games that he pitched, therefore, he's a workhorse. Pomeranz also held the opposition to just a .226 BA while striking out a batter per inning.

I think that he'll give this pitching staff a slight boost and we'll have to see how deep they go as far as a 4 or 5 man rotation. We're probably looking at a 5 man rotation, but these are the pitchers that are already slated to start for this team in need.

 

Final Thoughts
It's quite obvious why the Padres are a +10000 MLB odds boards lottery ticket at Bovada ; they can't hit the baseball. Petco Park will hurt their offense, but their opposition has to play on the same field, therefore, that's an excuse. The offense needs to step up as they're the laughing stock of Southern California.