Time to play ball

Padres Matt Kemp takes batting practice at Dodger Stadium before opening day. (K.C. Alfred)

Play ball!

Today marks the start of the Major League Baseball season and for the first time in a while, Padres fans are entering the year with some optimism.

During the offseason, the Padres made a lot of moves that, on paper, have the Padres looking like a playoff contention baseball team. In December, the Padres management team came out swinging and traded for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. And among other big moves, over the weekend, the Padres made some last second offseason play to add closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Matt Wisler, both from the Braves. They finished their Spring Training run at a winning record of 17-12. With six more months and 162 games to play, can the Padres keep it up?

How will the Padres do this season?

Finish in first place



All hype, they won’t do well



It’s too soon to tell



13 total votes.

For their first series, the Padres are currently in Los Angeles battling with the Dodgers. They will take the field at Pecto Park for their home opener on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants. For a rundown of all that Petco Park has to offer for all types of fans, go here.

Padres opening week schedule

Padres at Dodgers

April 6: 1:10 p.m.

April 7: 7:10 p.m.

April 8: 7:10 p.m.

Padres vs. Giants

April 9: 3:40 p.m. (home opener)

April 10: 7:10 p.m.

April 11: 5:40 p.m.

April 12: 1:10 p.m.

Full schedule here

Source: DiscoverSD