Padres manager Buddy Black has taken his sweet time but has finally set the 25 man roster. For years we at Gaslamp Ball have followed this solemn moment with our traditional Padres predictions.
We do not take this task lightly. For at season's end I'll revisit your predictions and hold you to account. To properly distinguish whether ye be a clairvoyant I must demand that your predictions be detailed and precise. Vague generalities will not be accepted nor tolerated.
As usual all manners of prediction techniques are welcome, though not all recommended. Hold close your notes, your worldly sabermetrics, your Moneyball blu-ray and the opinion of your braggadocios sports host. But consider that there are other ways to make predictions, some very powerful, but I warn you these methods come at a cost.
There are those each year that insist upon dabbling in the occult and experimenting with various forms of divination practices. They conjure game results from the ether and cast ghoulish spells to force their will. They use astral projection to spirit walk into future realms. They allow summoned spirits to use their bodies as vessels to guide planchettes across Ouija boards. They deal tarot cards and read tea leaves. These strategies are considered to be highly accurate, but meddling in the dark arts is quite dangerous. Those that dwell in the darkness will demand payment upon delivery.
Answer me the following 5 questions in the comments section.
- What will be the 2014 Padres' record?
- What place will they finish in the NL West?
- Who will win the National League Western Division?
- Which Padre player will be traded before seasons end?
- Who will be the Padres All-Star(s) ?
Predict World Series Champions, All Star Game winner, etc. if you are are so inclined.