San Diego Padres Betting Odds

San Diego Padres Betting Odds

As the only team in Major League Baseball who does not share fans with another pro franchise, the Padres have the city of San Diego all to themselves since the NFL’s Chargers left a few years ago. Residents since 1969, the team joined the league as an expansion franchise along with the Expos, Royals, and Seattle Pilots (now the Brewers). They have played in the NL West division for their entire existence having won the division five times, most recently in 2006.

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In the beginning, the league was not so kind to the Padres as they finished last in each of their first six seasons in the NL West. Four of those seasons, they lost 100 or more games. Regardless, they were taken in by the locals and have maintained a good following throughout five decades. For the first 40 years, they played in the same stadium, most recently named Qualcomm Stadium, but also known as San Diego Stadium and Jack Murphy Stadium. In 2004 they moved into their present home, Petco Park.

Things didn’t get too much better until the 1980’s when the Padres won an NL West title in 1984 parlayed that into a run to the World Series that year. In the NLDS they defeated the Cubs 3 games to 2, after dropping the first two games and coming back to take the series. Unfortunately, they were not so successful in the World Series, which they lost to the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 1.

The team languished again for another ten years until returning to prominence in the late ’90s, when they won the division again in 1996 and 1998. The 1996 team finished one game ahead of the Dodgers to claim first place, with a 91-71 record. That year they were swept by the Cardinals in the NLDS.

In 1998 the team posted a 98-64 record, led by outfielders Tony Gwynn and Greg Vaughn. That year they faced Houston Astros in the division series and won 3 games to 1. In the NLCS they were pitted against the powerhouse Braves, who they beat in 6 games to advance to their second World Series in team history. Unfortunately, they were beaten by the Yankees in four games.

Famous players

The Padres have 13 former players in the Hall of Fame, three of whose plaques represent them as Padres alumni. Gwynn is the most well known; the outfielder spent his entire career with the Padres, winning eight NL batting titles, five gold gloves, seven silver slugger awards, and 15 All-Star game appearances.

Apart from Gwynn, pitcher Trevor Hoffman and Dave Winfield are also prominent alumni; Hoffman was a member of the Padres from 1993 to 2008 and is the first player to reach the 500, and 600 saves milestone and is the all-time saves leader from 2006 to 2011. Winfield played the first 8 years of his career with the Padres, where he built a reputation as one of the league’s best outfielders. In 1981 he became the league’s highest-paid player when the Yankees signed him to a ten year, $23 million contract.

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