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"There are many reasons to be excited about the Padres, who should at the very least be in the deep mix for the NL’s two wild-card slots. They have two glaring challenges, though; one is 100 miles up I-5, a Dodgers team that even missing out on a big free-agent splash projects to win at least 95 games. Their floor is 90, something we saw two years ago when the Rockies were able to tie them for the NL West lead. The Dodgers set a bar the Padres may not be ready to clear."