These Padres can win. These Padres are significantly better up the middle now, both offensively and defensively. Hoyer’s embraced small ball. Maybin, Hudson and Bartlett could combine for 60 or more steals in 2011. And there’s more to come. Somebody’s eventually going to fill up first base and try to knock in these guys.
Call me crazy, but I see myself walking out of Petco Park next year over and over, again wondering how the Padres are winning games. This time, though, I won’t be nearly as surprised.