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I’ve got to admit I never expected the Padres to be leading their division, even if it’s only two weeks into the season. Given how bad the team was last season, and how little they did to improve this winter, it’s definitely unexpected.

Coming off a bitter divorce, the team’s owner decided to gut the roster and concentrate on a 5-year plan that, realistically speaking, projected the Padres to suck for a while. Sure, Jake Peavy stuck around, but that’s not due to the front office’s lack of effort in trying to trade him.

I gave the Padres a D in our hot offseason action series and I highly doubt anyone expected them to come out of the gate and lead their division. But here they are, in first place.

Pitching seems to be the secret to the team’s early success, particularly from Chris Young who’s 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. Collectively, they’ve done quite well: They’re second in team ERA, fourth to last in earned runs, have allowed only four home runs, and are fourth in WHIP.

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