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Padres pitchers are always an interesting group for fantasy baseball owners because of their true home field advantage pitching in the haven of Petco Park. With the park’s fence adjustments last year some of that advantage was taken away, but there are still some Padres pitchers who can contribute to your fantasy team if you use them in the right way.
Last year’s Padres’ rotation went a combined 51-57 with a 4.31 ERA which ranked in the lower third of the Major Leagues. They did finish the season well, though, and many experts are picking them as a sleeper to be in the playoff hunt this year. The main reason for their rough year was a rash of injuries that devastated their starting pitching depth and left them with less-than-desirable options who were still available in free agency.
The Padres have turned over their rotation this offseason and for the most part improved it, in my opinion. Gone from last year are Edinson Volquez, Jason Marquis, and Clayton Richard who logged a total of 58 starts for the Padres but weren’t very effective when they were on the mound. In their place, the Padres are planning on going younger by bringing in some of their prospects, and they also took a flier on a recovering Josh Johnson.
In the following slides, you can find my preview of the Padres’ 2014 rotation with the projected starters, their 2013 numbers, and their outlook for 2014.