For more than a decade we’ve asked you to make pre-season Padres predictions. We asked you five questions to see who amongst us shows traits of clairvoyance. It’s a good old fashioned witch hunt. Few are ever correct, most of the time we are very wrong.
Here are the results:
What will be the 2015 Padres’ record?
I came close by guessing 69 wins, but it was Afroamongfew who hit the nail on the head. Only 6% of those who voted within the 66-70 range. You may say that the win total was manipulated by the Padres decision to tank, but the team was headed in this direction without the strategy. I think the Padres could have lost more had they kept the team together with the Opening Day roster. This tank will hopefully build a team for the future but it also protects executives for 3-5 years as they are not held accountable.
What place will they finish in the NL West?
The Padres finished in last place. The front office seemed frozen with indecision. Were they competing? Were they (re)building? Were they trying to do both? No one seemed to have a clue and that’s a good strategy for losing lots and lots of games. Afroamongfew is two-for-two.
Who will win the National League Western Division?
The Dodgers have won the NL West 4 seasons in a row. The Diamondbacks won the pre-season but like the Padres before them sucked in the regular season. They suckered me into believing things would change, but they didn’t.
Which Padre player will be traded before seasons end?
Luis Castillo, Colin Rea, James Shields, Fernando Rodney, Drew Pomeranz, Melvin Upton Jr., Andrew Cashner, Tayron Guerrero and Matt Kemp
The Padres traded a lot of players and you just had to guess one of them. If you guessed more than one, you had to get them all right. Those are the rules. I’m not sure if I was clear about that, but if you can really see the future then you should have known that.
Who will be the Padres All-Star(s)?
Wil Myers and Drew Pomeranz
People guessed Myers, but no one got Pomeranz.
We are not witches.