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Complete San Diego Padres 2014 Season Preview
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The San Diego Padres will roll into the 2014 regular season looking to improve upon their disappointing 86 losses from 2013, a total they’ve met in each of the last two years.


Despite the overall outcome, however, the Padres certainly showed promise at times last season, going 15-13 in the months of May and June. They also ended the season with a 16-11 record in September, a month that included a pair of four-game winning streaks.


Unfortunately for San Diego, however, a slow start and a few tough months in the middle of the season proved to create a hole too deep for Bud Black’s crew to dig out of, leading to another subpar finish.


For Padres fans, it’s about time their team made some noise in the NL West. After all, San Diego has lost 86 or more games in five of the past six seasons, and Padres fans haven’t experienced postseason baseball since 2006.


Unfortunately, barring collapses by a few other teams in the division or a string of breakout performances on the Padres, the playoff drought appears as if it will continue in 2014. Without enough key acquisitions in the offseason to show significant improvement, there’s not a whole lot of reason for optimism this year. Even so, it’s a long season, and if we’ve learned anything from the game of baseball recently, it’s that anything can happen.


Let’s take a look at where the Padres stand heading into 2014.


 


All statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com.


All payroll info courtesy of cbssports.com.

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