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2014 Padres Team Preview: Relevant Once Again

Eric Caturia

Eric Caturia

Eric is a writer/editor of MLB, NBA, and NFL content for RotoWire.

2014 San Diego Padres Team Preview

A somewhat nefarious start to 2013 was characterized by underwhelming starting pitching (see Edinson Volquez and Clayton Richard) and a barrage of ailments that continued throughout the year. Numerous regulars -- Chase Headley, Yonder Alonso, Cameron Maybin, Yasmani Grandal, and Carlos Quentin -- missed chunks of varying length due to injury, while pitchers Richard, Jason Marquis, and Huston Street each required DL stints of their own. In addition, the Biogenesis scandal disturbed the campaigns of Grandal and Everth Cabrera, whose respective 50-game suspensions bookended the Padres’ season. Despite the aforementioned hurdles, unexpected or not, the team came together down the stretch, posting a respectable 16-11 record in September to finish 76-86, or 16 games behind the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. In the end, a case had been laid out for relevance in San Diego for the upcoming MLB marathon.

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