Projections for the 2019 Padres Starting Pitching Staff
The Padres signed Manny Machado today which I believe will change their focus for their pitching staff. The position players now project to be more than 11 wins better than the 2018 teams position players which puts the Padres in a place where they are at .500 without any pitching changes.
I think they will go all in and make some big changes to the starting pitching through trades and free agency.
In a recent article, I wrote that I thought the Padres should sign Gio Gonzales and trade for Corey Kluber, so I have included two separate projections here. One with them and one without.
Projections with Kluber and Gonzalez
WAR includes all appearances, not just starts
Projections as the Staff Stands Today
WAR includes all appearances, not just starts.
Total starts do not add up to 162.
In this scenario, 8 of Strahm’s starts are as an opener for 1-3 innings.
Relief pitchers will follow by Wednesday.