4) The Padres will have a record over .500 against the National League West Division.
Having a losing record against your own division hurts, especially when you fall just 8 games short of .500 for the season.
In 2014, the Padres went 9-10 against the Colorado Rockies and 7-12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers respectively, only posting a winning record against the defending champion San Francisco Giants (10-9). If you add those numbers up, San Diego finished 33-43 in their division, and that’s definitely going to have to change if the team wants to compete.
With a new season and a new look roster, that will change in 2015. For a team looking to compete in 2015, the best way to improve their record from a year ago is to beat divisional opponents, and the Padres must take care of their divisional foes in order to get near the .500 mark this season.