Since 2006 we've asked you to make your yearly Padres predictions by answering five questions to test your advanced baseball knowledge or psychic ability. This time of year when the Padres manager sets the Opening Day roster, we have all the worldly information that we’ll need to see answers to questions that do not yet have answers. I must remind you that at the season's end you'll be held accountable for the predictions you’ve made here today. If you claim clairvoyance you'll need to prove it with detailed precision, because vague predictions will not be accepted nor tolerated.
All manners of prediction techniques have their merits, though not all are recommended by this blog. It will be safer for you to piggyback upon predictions of ESPN analysts or regurgitate some sabermetric snake oil, but someone as clever as you must be aware there are... other... options.
Against our dire warnings, there are those each year that insist upon dabbling in the occult. 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 as a means of communication. They deal stylized baseball tarot cards and read tobacco leaves from a spittoon. These strategies are considered to be highly accurate by many baseball experts, but meddling in the dark arts is quite dangerous and come at a cost. For those entities that dwell in the darkness will demand payment upon delivery.
Answer me the following 5 questions in the comments section in order for them to be considered.
- What will be the 2017 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.