The San Diego Padres are off to a 4-3 start this season and have received a lot of help from their new faces acquired by General Manager A.J. Preller in the offseason.

These new faces were the ringleaders in the team’s 10-2, 20-hit shellacking of 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, and the San Francisco Giants, last Saturday night.

Right hander James Shields netted the start, in a 2014 World Series rematch, and threw seven innings with seven strikeouts, while allowing one run. He even added a hit in a 1-3 effort.

Shields, the highest paid free agent in team history, is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 13 innings to begin the season.

While Shields handled the pitching on Saturday, outfielder Matt Kemp took care of the offense.

Kemp added four hits Saturday night, including an RBI and a run.

In the opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, his former team, he batted .385 with 3 RBIs and two runs.

Kemp’s outfield counterpart, Justin Upton, has provided a power boost to the team with two doubles, a triple, and a homer, while batting .308 over the first seven games of the season.

The third member of the new outfield, Wil Myers, had the game-winning double in the team’s 1-0 win on Friday night.

Right hander Craig Kimbrel picked up the save that night, and he has two saves over four scoreless innings to begin the season after being acquired from the Atlanta Braves the afternoon before Opening Day.

Catching Kimbrel was Derek Norris who has provided a spark atop the team’s lineup with a .320 average over the first seven games.

Other newcomers Will Middlebrooks and Wil Nieves have also provided offense early on in the season.

Middlebrooks is one of four Friars to have a home run thus far, a solo shot in the team’s 7-4 loss to the Dodgers last Wednesday night.

Nieves is also one of those four after belting a grand slam to help ignite the team to a 6-4 win on Sunday.

The Friars host the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three-game series beginning Monday at 7:10 p.m.

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