This has been a really boring off-season. After claiming that they would sign a big name pitcher, Padres management came back with nothing. Even so, the Padres are a young, exciting team with lots of upside. Also, the fences at Petco Park have been moved in which should be fun to follow.
The Padres opening day lineup should include, Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin, Yonder Alonzo and Jedd Gyorko who is one currently one of the Padres top prospects. In early June the Padres should add Yasmani Grandal after he is done serving his 50 game suspension for P.E.D. use. The Padres offense was much improved last season, especially during the 2nd half. With the fences moved in at Petco I would be surprised if they did not finish with an offense in the top half of the league, maybe even the top third.
Their bullpen should also be above average with Huston Street closing and Luke Gregerson setting up. The real question mark is the Padres starting pitching. Their rotation on opening day looks to be composed of several starters who would be #4s or even #5s on most teams. It will include the likes of Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez, Jason Marquis, Eric Stults and Tyson Ross. However if they can get through the first couple of months with a decent record, they could compete. Corey Luebke should be coming back as should Andrew Cashner who the Padres believe could be an ace.
Edited by Robert Plant, 18 February 2013 - 07:11 PM.