The Padres are in first place in the National League West and manager Bud Black has been rewarded for the successful season with a contract extension. The Padres have been one of the most successful teams vs. the online bookmaker odds this season.
Bookmaker odds still don’t favor the Padres as often as they should. San Diego still doesn’t get the respect that a division leader should. The Padres were predicted to be a last place team but it is now late July and they are still in first place. The ownership of the Padres has sure noticed as Black has been rewarded with a new deal that takes him through the 2013 season with club options for 2014 and 2015. Black’s contract would have expired after this season although the club had an option for next year.
The Padres have led the National League West virtually all season. They have had the best record in the National League so it is time to start considering the Padres contenders in the National League. Black has done a great job with San Diego. He was hired after the 2006 season and he has a record of 281-297 in his career. He was the pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels for seven seasons before coming to San Diego. In his first season the Padres lost a one-game playoff to the Rockies. They were very poor in 2008 as they went 63-99 and last year they finished 75-87. They are a lock to do better than that this year vs. the online bookmaker baseball odds as they already have 54 wins with two weeks still left in July.
Many gamblers at the bookmaker keep waiting for the Padres to fall apart but it is has not happened. One of the main reasons the Padres continue to win is their pitching. The Padres are first in the league in team ERA. They get a lot of quality starts and somehow they scratch out enough runs to win games. The Padres are just 19th in the league in offense but they have a power bat in Adrian Gonzalez and a lot of other players who can impact a game.