Based upon the talent put together on the 2011 San Diego Padres, one can come to the assumption that they are going for it all right now. Look at the current roster as of today. They have an amazing speedy and agile outfield. Ryan Ludwick, Cameron Maybin, and Will Venable provide the speed, the agility, and the tenacity to put forth quite an effort in the outfield, plus playing in Petco Park will put the fear of God into the opposing hitters knowing that even a for sure home run anywhere else would probably be caught by one of the three in the outfield. Having Eric Patterson as an alternate works wonders as well.
They also have one of the best infields in all of professional baseball. Think about it, Headley plays third base and he is just going to get better probably, and Jason Bartlett along with Orlando Hudson will probably end up becoming one of the best double play partners in the major leagues. That, and with Brad Hawpe playing first backed up by Jorge Cantu provides an extremely deep infield that we all should be proud of as a fan base. The bench players like Oscar Salazar and Gregg Zaun will also provide some pop off the bench if needed.
The pitching staff is probably the greatest aspect of the whole team. The leaders in ERA all throughout 2010 and had the best run prevention in the major leagues as well. With the new addition of Aaron Harang and Dustin Moseley, that will even add to the depth of the starting rotation. Look at all the options they have for the top five spots. Mat Latos is the ace of course, followed by a much improved Clayton Richard, newly acquired veteran Aaron Harang, Tim Stauffer, and then your guess is just as good as anyone else's. Rookie Cory Luebke, Dustin Moseley, Wade LeBlanc, and the other minor leaguers in the Gonzalez trade will have a shot to get the number five spot in the rotation. It is all that depth that makes any manager pee his pants with excitement.
Look at all the additions, they're all over the age of 30. That tells you that the 2011 San Diego Padres will be contenders not pretenders. They are going for it now. The best teams in Baseball have a magnificent mix of veterans and young bucks to learn the game. Its that mix that leads to amazing chemistry both on and off the field. The Padres had that same chemistry in 2010, and this upcoming year, there is a feeling brewing amongst the community that they might be even better than before. They are going for it now, nothing will replace Adrian, but everyone has to be happy with the additions to the team, veteran leadership is very important and there can never be enough of it. Here's to the 2011 San Diego Padres, may a championship come sooner rather than later!
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