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The Padres are contending again, thanks in large part to a pitching staff with a combined 3.84 ERA. That's a big difference from last year when they were ranked 13th with a 4.87 team ERA. So how'd they turn it around?

Many would point to San Diego's new -- and very spacious -- ballpark, but we'd like to think it has something to do with the combination of hurlers, heavy metal and hard rock.

AT-BAT MUSIC: SAN DIEGO PADRES
Player Song Artist
3B Sean Burroughs "The El Mariachi Theme" Alvaro Rodriguez
Former Little League star's favorite movie is "El Mariachi," so he goes with this song.
2B Mark Loretta "Low Rider" War
OF Brian Giles A rotation of Godsmack songs
OF Phil Nevin "Symphony of Destruction" Megadeth
OF Ryan Klesko "Bad to the Bone" George Thorogood
OF Jay Payton "Rock Wilder" Unknown
C Ramon Hernandez Spanish/Latin tunes
SS Khalil Greene Various reggae and hip-hop
OF Xavier Nady "X Gon' Give It To Ya" DMX
3B Jeff Cirillo "Bad Boy for Life" P. Diddy
1B Dave Hansen "Misty Mountain Hop" Led Zeppelin
Info from the Seattle Mariners
LHP David Wells "Back in Black" AC/DC
RHP Brian Lawrence "Smooth Criminal" Alien Ant Farm
RHP Adam Eaton "Cochise" Audioslave
RHP Jake Peavy "Dukes of Hazard Theme" Waylon Jennings
RHP Rod Beck "Enter Sandman" Metallica
RHP Akinori Otsuka "Wherever I May Roam" Metallica
Not sure what to use, Aki asked closer Trevor Hoffman what he should use. Hoffman chose the Metallica hit for his rookie setup man.
RHP Trevor Hoffman "Hell's Bells" AC/DC
The classic tune since the 1998 World Series season; it's signature in San Diego.