After starting the season with seven straight road games, the Padres returned to San Diego for their home opener against Atlanta on April 12 at Petco Park — and promptly lost.
As of April 21, however, the Padres seemed to have found new life, sharing first place in the National League West with San Francisco at 8-6 and riding a five-game winning streak — a promising start to the new season.
The Padres finished 2010 spring training with an 18-10 record, third best in the Cactus League. They were unbeaten (9-0-2) in their final 11 preseason games.
Starting rotation is a high five
San Diego will go with a five-man rotation to start the season with righties Jon Garland, Chris Young, Kevin Correia, Mat Latos and lefty Clayton Richard. The only newcomer in the rotation is Garland, who came to San Diego in January after signing a one-year, $4.7 million free-agent deal. Garland pitched for the Dodgers and Diamondbacks last season.
Enberg new voice of the Padres
While the Padres build around young talent, they will have a legend in the broadcast booth. La Jolla resident Dick Enberg will call nearly 120 Padres games on Channel 4SD this season.
By the numbers – 50
If the spring was any indication, look for the Padres to be more active on the base paths this season. The Friars stole an MLB-leading 50 bases during spring training, with outfielders Luis Durango and Will Venable tied for the team lead with nine apiece. San Diego stole 82 bases all of last season, 20th in baseball.