Not much was expected from the Padres offensively, who were led by Adrian Gonzalez. Their next best players were Miguel Tejada and Chase Headley, who underperformed this year. The Padres had a young and inexperienced pitching staff, but did have veteran leadership from John Garland. Mat Latos and Clayton Richard both put up very good years.
A few of the Giants better players arrived after the start of the season. Buster Posey was stuck in the minors behind Bengie Molina. Cody Ross and Jose Guillen were also late-season additions . There was obviously a lot of talent on the Giants pitching staff with Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. The addition of Madison Bumgarner was an added bonus to this staff.
The Reds had a lot of great talents. They were led by MVP candidate Joey Votto. Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen all were expected to play a big part in the offense. The Reds had a strong pitching staff, and welcomed the surprise of Mike Leake starting the year in the majors. The Reds missed Edison Volquez for a good portion of the season.
In addition to Chipper Jones, Troy Glaus and Brian McCann, the Braves had super-prospect Jason Heyward on their roster this season. The pitching staff was led by Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Derek Lowe. Jair Jurrjens injuries hurt the rotation during the year.
All of the managers had a lot of talent to work with on their rosters. They did a good job of getting the most they could out of the players they had.