Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
OK, let’s see. The 2014 team leader in homers, Yasmani Grandal with 15, is a Dodger. Everth Cabrera led the squad with 18 steals and is a free agent. Seth Smith led the pack with 55 runs and is now in Seattle. Jedd Gyorko, the team leader with 51 RBI is still around, but he hit .210. It’s pretty easy to see how the Padres’ offense was historically poor for most of the season. Though, to be fair, Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross had solid campaigns while Andrew Cashner reminded us why he was so highly regarded a few years ago, before injuries curtailed his development.
What Has Changed?
Buckle up. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers will patrol the expanse that is the outfield in Petco Park. Derek Norris squats behind the plate with Yangervis Solarte and Will Middlebrooks battling for third while Alexi Amarista takes over at shortstop. Robbie Erlin, Brandon Morrow and Josh Johnson will battle for the last two rotation spots with Casey Kelly in the mix down the road.
What to Expect:
Many are discounting Kemp and Upton but if Myers can do anything and someone like Amarista steps up, their loss in production shouldn’t be significant. The front end of the rotation is solid as is the bullpen so Joaquin Benoit is a quiet source for cheap saves. However, it can’t hurt to handcuff him Kevin Quackenbush.
This Year’s Surprise:
Robbie Erlin stays injury free, winning double digit games while Quackenbush takes over for Benoit, allowing Brandon Maurer to shine in a setup role.
|3||Los Angeles Dodgers||10||12|
|4||San Diego Padres||9||14|
|5||San Francisco Giants||8||14|