San Diego was picked to finish dead last in 2010 by every major writer and scribe in the world, including myself. Just goes to show ya that the game is more than stats. The Padres were nothing short of amazing last year, and nearly captured the N.L. West title.
Pitching wise, this was one of San Diego's best seasons, with Mat Latos and Clayton Richard leading the way. Combined with the best bullpen in baseball most of the season, and the slam the door shut policy of closer Heath Bell, the Padres took the Giants right to the wall before conceding the division.
Even though the Padres have lost 3 of the starters from last years rotation, namely Jon Garland, Kevin Correia and Chris Young, San Diego still looks strong, adding former Cincinnati Red and SDSU alum Aaron Harang to a young and hard throwing staff.
What follows is a reasonable extrapolation of what I feel will be the players who break camp and hit the show come the end of March.