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A Taste of Optimism: Padres Win the NL West 

Jedd Gyorko

Jedd Gyorko

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. – William James

Laugh if you must, but in a recent article on si.com writer Joel Sheehan has picked the Padres to win the NL West.  Let’s not stop there, Albert Chen has Jedd Gyorko winning the NL Rookie of the Year.  Although Gyorko does have a real chance of winning the award, the Padres winning the NL West does force a double take.

Your NL West champs, the San Diego Padres. Even accounting for the Chase Headley injury, they have a young offensive core and year-in, year-out, manager Bud Black assembles great bullpens from air. – Sheehan

Most pundits have the Padres fighting the Rockies for the NL West cellar this season and with an injury to Chase Headley’s thumb, plus a rickety knee on Carlos Quentin to begin the season, the Padres seem on track for a rough start.
I’m not going to talk about if Sheehan is crazy or not, but I did feel this was a good launching pad for your thoughts on where you feel the Padres can finish 2013.  Your comments are welcome below.

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About the author: Steve Adler

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