The San Diego Padres were picked by many to finish the 2010 MLB season at the bottom of the division. Instead, they spent 148 days atop the National League West. And, despite a low payroll, a Padres win on the last day of the season would’ve setup two one-game playoffs, which would have marked the first time in MLB history.
Unfortunately, the San Francisco Giants beat the Padres 3-0 and the ‘Little Engine That Could’ has to wait until next year. However, the Padres generated nearly 4,000 more fans per game in attendance and kept their two star players (Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell) throughout the season, despite rumors that they would trade them.
Regardless, even a Dr. Lackritz statistical analysis wouldn’t have predicted this sort of season for the low-payroll Padres. SMBA ’11 was happy to be a part of the fun.