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The Padres had a 76-86 record in 2012, good for fourth in the NL West. However, some Padres fans may find that misleading. After getting off to a poor 17-35 start, the Padres’ record over their final 110 games was 59-51. This on its own may not mean much, but it definitely gives San Diego fans a reason to get excited about the 2013 season.
Chase Headley is looking like a stud, positive regression can be reasonably expected from Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin should have a fuller season, andYonder Alonso has showed some promise. Aside from a record that heated up at the end of last season, these are the things that are propelling the Padres into the year; a youthful foundation that could make some noise.
It’s impossible to tell what Yasmani Grandal will do when he returns from his 50-game PED related suspension, but he showed signs of game changing ability in 2012. Additionally, OF Will Veneble, OF Chris Denorfia, 2B Logan Forsythe, 1B/OF Jesus Guzman, and UTIL Alexi Amarista have proven to be useful in varying degrees.
Staff ace Cory Luebke and flamethrower Andrew Cashner should get healthy, to join a staff that already includes Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard, Anthony Bass, and Casey Kelly. You can make a very respectable 5 man rotation using these guys, but pitching consistency could provide the Padres with problems.
Clearly, there is a lot to be optimistic about with the Padres. Having said that, this was still a 76 win team in 2012. They didn’t make any major roster changes between now and then, so expecting great things is likely a little unreasonable. However, I expect a few more things to go right for this team in 2013. I’ll peg them at 82-80. If more than a few things go right for them, they could be looking at the second NL Wild Card, and then anything’s possible. The Padres have a good group of young talent, and now is a good time to be a fan of the team. It may not mean success in 2013, but who knows?
82-80, 3rd place in the NL West