2. San Diego Padres
The Padres made moves upon moves upon moves over the offseason. General manager A.J. Preller acquired Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks, Craig Kimbrel, and signed James Shields in free agency. Although the Padres are in a tough NL West with the Giants and Dodgers, many expected them to be right in the thick of the division crown race. That has not proven to be true, as the Padres are struggling to be a .500 team, with a 30-31 record and 5.5 games back of the Dodgers for first place. The Padres offense has been average, with the pitching staff being shaky as well. Carrying the offensive firepower they have, and with a really solid rotation, the Padres were expected to be much better. It’s early, so the Padres are by no means dead in the water, but the expectations were much higher.