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#5. NL West: San Diego Padres

March 22, 2017 GMT

Projected record: 68-94Projected run differential: -132Behold -- the worst team in the league, according to Fangraphs and PECOTA. The Padres lineup features Wil Myers, Yangervis Solarte and a bunch of players most casual fans have never heard of. Perhaps the most intriguing of the bunch is second baseman Ryan Schimpf, who debuted last year as a 28-year-old rookie and hit 20 home runs in 89 games. He also struck out a ton but walked at a 12.7 percent clip. The most captivating reason to tune in to Padres games this year will be to watch Christian Bethancourt, who the team plans on using as a pitcher and a catcher. Bethancourt gets good marks for his defense behind the plate and flashed a mid-90s fastball -- and even a knuckleball -- in a relief appearance last season.The starting rotation features the likes of Jarred Cosart, Luis Perdomo, Christian Friedrich, Jhoulys Chacin and Jered Weaver. Both Fangraphs and PECOTA have San Diego posting the worst record and run differential this season, and having a rotation filled with replacement level-type starters is a primary reason why.

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