San Diego Padres: Five bold predictions for the 2020 season

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 27: Manny Machado #13 congratulates Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 after his two-run home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 during the fifth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on July 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 27: Manny Machado #13 congratulates Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 after his two-run home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 during the fifth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on July 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Wil Myers isn’t traded and helps the Padres make the playoffs

4. Wil Myers remains on the team through the end of the year

Despite being linked to trade rumors the past two offseasons, Wil Myers is still on the San Diego Padres. And I expect that he will remain in such capacity all year long. He looks more relaxed this spring – and yes, I understand spring training is just that – but combined with the rumors of potential friction with former manager Andy Green and consistency playing in right field, he’s due for a big year.

I have him down for a .250/.326/.800 line with 26 home runs and 85 RBI, and along with Tatis and Machado’s numbers, should have the Padres right in the thick of it.

5. Padres make the playoffs as the second Wild Card team

Oh hey! Speaking of contending, several media publications have the Padres making the playoffs, and I think that’s also the case. I will say that the Friars make the postseason with an 88-74 record, setting up a one-game playoff with either the Braves or Nationals.

Making the playoffs also implies that the rotation remains relatively healthy, which is critical this year given how many members have recently had Tommy John surgery. All you have to do is get into the postseason. Look no further than last year’s World Series Champions at what can happen when a team gets hot at the right time.

I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.

dark. Next. Team is potential landing spot for Francisco Lindor

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