Padres Opening Day Lineup?

March 1, 2018

By Braden Surprenant


It is officially March, which means regular season baseball games will begin this month! The San Diego Padres will open up their 2018 season on March 29, when the Milwaukee Brewers come to America’s Finest. With only 28 days remaining before Opening Day, what will the Padres lineup look like later this month? It is still relatively early and there are numerous positions still up for grabs, but mlb.com released a projected starting lineup for every team in Major League Baseball, just to get us fans a little extra excited for the real start of baseball. You can see all the lineups here


As far as the Padres are concerned it will look something like this:


1. Manuel Margot, CF
2. Wil Myers, RF
3. Eric Hosmer, 1B
4. Jose Pirela, LF
5. Chase Headley, 3B
6. Carlos Asuaje, 2B
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Austin Hedges, C


Not a bad Opening Day batting order for the Padres, and although mlb.com played it a little on the safer side, they pretty much nailed it…well at least the positions. 


There are a couple spots on this list that immediately catch my attention. For starters, they have Jose Pirela winning the job in left field. After a couple spring training contests, it seems Pirela has an advantage over Renfroe for the left field spot. Renfroe however, is not the only competition Pirela is facing as Franchy Cordero is making a name for himself early in camp as well. What about Pirela playing second base? That is also an option but with the way Carlos Asuaje has been hitting in spring training, you can not possibly take his name out of the lineup. It is going to be a tough decision for the Padres to make in couple weeks but, it is a phenomenal problem to have.


As far as starting positions go, with the exception of left field which I still believe is any outfielder’s for the taking, the lineup is arguably what it is going to look like come March 29. The order however might see a few changes as Freddy Galvis and Austin Hedges continue to show off the lumber in spring training (again it is spring training so be cautious). The hardest decisions are going to be about bench for the friars when the season starts, because there are countless deserving players looking to make this team. Franchy Cordero, Hunter Renfroe, Travis Jankowski, Alex Dickerson and Matt Szczur are all battling for backup outfield spots. The infield is not much clearer with Corey Spangenberg, Christian Villanueva, Allen Craig, Dusty Coleman, and young prospects Josh Naylor, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Luis Urias all looking for a potential Opening Day roster spot. It is safe to say that Naylor, Tatis, and Urias will start in the minors but that does not mean they are not battling to make their first Opening Day roster. 


The pitching staff also looks to be like a logjam. Do you go with veterans or let the young guys come in and get major league innings? As far as mlb.com is concerned this is who they have as the starting rotation and closer for the 2018 Padres: 


1. Clayton Richard, LHP
2. Bryan Mitchell, RHP
3. Dinelson Lamet, RHP
4. Luis Perdomo, RHP
5. Tyson Ross, RHP
Closer: Brad Hand, LHP


Again there are countless young pitchers battling for a spot in this rotation, but I think this is exactly what the rotation will be at least at the start of the season. There has been great feedback about the way Tyson Ross has been pitching this spring, Andy Green said earlier this spring that it is the best he has seen Ross in a Padre uniform. I am sure Padres fans would love to see Tyson Ross at his best again for the 2018 season.


There are still a lot of positions to be decided and many more spring training games to come, but we are glad baseball is back, and excited for the season to start.