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Brandon Morrow
Get this: Padres are the team to beat
Get this: Padres are the team to beat

Sorry to mess with your WPA+ and Rtot ratings, and whatever else you hold dear to your little sabermetric hearts this week, but the Padres are now the team to reckon with in the National League West. That’s right, the hard-to-watch Padres, the almost forgotten team from way down Southern California. Think the Dodgers made a lot of moves this off-season? The Padres went the full re-invention route. Cleaned house and then called in the hazmat suits. Then on Monday they signed right-hander James Shields to leave them with a formidable rotation to complement their new power-driven lineup. Like the Dodgers the past two years? You should love the new Padres. Hit for power,...