#22 - San Diego
Offense: Could be one of the lowest scoring teams in recent history. WsL Rank: 24th
Starting Pitching: Solid, but not spectacular. WsL Rank: 15th
Relief Pitching: A former strength is decidedly mediocre. WsL Rank: 16th
After grabbing an unexpected wildcard birth the year before, nobody was sleeping on the Madres in 2010. They brought back a veteran roster hungry for more wins. Unfortunately, injuries and slumps by Jayson Werth and Nelson Cruz halted any hope of another extended run. The Madres ended up missing out on the division lead to a better micro-managed Seattle squad.
Final Record: 87-65, 2nd in NL West
Team AVG: .254, 15th in the WsL
Team OBP: .326, 14th in the WsL
Team SLG: .371, T-21st in the WsL
Team ERA: 3.44, 2nd in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .243, 6th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 138, 5th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Faced with an older, bloated roster of declining players, SD wasted little time in pressing the reset button. First, swapping Placido Polanco to Colorado for 2nd rounder Brad Peacock. Then, in an act of highway robbery, the Madres cashed in expiring deals of Nelson Cruz, Marco Scutaro and Derrek Lee to Chicago NL for new starting 3B Danny Valencia, near-#1 pick Trayvon Robinson and former-#1 pick Kyle Drabek. Suddenly, the Madres have a deep farm system and practically their whole cap to spend in 2012.
Worst Offseason Move
If San Diego is serious about rebuilding, it is curious that they did not at least explore the trade market for Kelly Johnson and Jayson Werth; two veterans that have no business taking ABs from young players. While an in-season trade remains a possibility, waiting only gives teams more chances to find help elsewhere or drop out of the race entirely.
PG's '11 Prediction
The NL tends to be a more forgiving league than the AL, but San Diego will struggle to score runs against most matchups. 52-110 record.