San Diego continues to surprise

Superb pitching has the upstart Padres contending in the National League West

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan justifiably has a reputation for getting minds straight and careers back on track. But if you're looking for baseball's trendy new garden spot for pitching turnarounds, feel free to hang a left at the Gateway Arch and travel 1,858 miles due west.

Here we are, smack between Memorial Day and the All-Star break, and the San Diego Padres are hanging around the top of the National League West with a 38-28 record. At the risk of stating the obvious, it's not ...

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