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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 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.



About the author: Steve Adler

Steve is the founder of A native San Diegan, he grew up watching Dan Fouts and Tony Gwynn. A former sports talk show host, but always a fan of the Padres and Chargers.

  • If you’ll allow me to be a little blunt, I want whatever drug(s) he is on.

    If we go with our “2nd half”, we did this as a team .262/.332/.406 which is a few ticks above ML average. This is of course everyone producing exactly the same. Headley is due for some regression. Nick is having a good ST but we’ll see if this translates into the season. Yonder needs to lose a piano or three. Slightly above average hitting miiiiiiiiight be enough for 2WC contention if it were not for the fact our rotation is a tire fire. It’s cobbled together with #4/#5 starters (if they even make most teams) picked from the bargain bin at K-Mart. We have no true ace. The opportunity to shore up the rotation with decent starters (McCarthy, Haren, etc) has long since passed. Volquez-Richard-Marquis-Stults-(Ross/Cashner/Bass) doesn’t exactly bring fear to hitters.

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  • Gloccamorra

    Most pre-season analysts rely heavily on players’ past performance and that doesn’t work with young players with limited track records but high ceilings. For teams like the Padres, there has to be a fair amount of seat-of-the-pants guesstimating to get a picture the numbers alone can’t provide. Without commenting on his prediction, I commend Sheehan for breaking away from the numbers game that produces “conventional wisdom”.