It’s been a rough few seasons for Padres fans. Since Cinderella’s shoe slipped off late in 2010 San Diego has posted win totals of 71, 76 and 76 to retain their position in the meaty part of the league’s bell curve. Away from contention, but too respectable to be called a rebuilding effort.

Another stronger-than-expected finish to the season isn’t fooling most Padres fans who see more mediocrity ahead. But funny thing about that, the 2014 team is projecting to be pretty good.

Pitching

The Padres’ 2013 pitching performance can best be described as “ughhhhhhh.” Through the first few months of the season there wasn’t a single bright spot until the incredible second halves of Andrew Cashner and Tyson Ross.

The likes of Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard, Anthony Bass, Burch Smith and Jason Marquis combined to pitch a whopping 391 innings while posting a debilitating 155 ERA-.* That’s bad. That’s historically bad.  To put it in a more tangible way, Joe Blanton – who couldn’t even stick on the pitching starved Angels – posted a 155 ERA- in his 132.2 innings of work in 2013. Read More…