After 40 games, Padres picture becoming slightly clearer

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Twenty games ago the Padres were in dire straits. They were off to their worst start in franchise history at 5-15, tied with the 1987 and 1971 teams. It took the 1987 team 40 games to get their 10th win. The 1971 team had 12 at this point. This 2013 Padres team has 18, which is quite the improvement.


18 - 22

5.5

Lost 1

122


The Padres have gone 13-7 over their last 20 games. If they would have started that way, they'd have been tied for their 4th best start ever with the 1996 club. Oh, what could have been.

Of the teams that started with 18 wins, they finished with between 84 and 70 wins on the season. So there's that.

First 40 Games by Winning %

Year

Wins in first 40 games

Winning % in first 40

Season Wins

Season Games

Season Winning %

1987

10

25

65

162

40.12

1994

10

25

47

117

40.17

1971

12

30

61

161

37.89

2003

13

32.5

64

162

39.51

2012

14

35

76

162

46.91

1988

14

35

83

161

51.55

1974

15

37.5

60

162

37.04

1973

15

37.5

60

162

37.04

2008

15

37.5

63

162

38.89

1997

15

37.5

76

162

46.91

1969

16

40

52

162

32.1

1981

16

40

41

110

37.27

1972

16

40

58

153

37.91

1979

16

40

68

161

42.24

1977

16

40

69

162

42.59

2000

16

40

76

162

46.91

1993

17

42.5

61

162

37.65

1970

17

42.5

63

162

38.89

2011

17

42.5

71

162

43.83

1999

17

42.5

74

162

45.68

1983

17

42.5

81

163

49.69

2009

18

45

75

162

46.3

1995

18

45

70

144

48.61

1978

18

45

84

162

51.85

1990

19

47.5

75

162

46.3

1989

19

47.5

89

162

54.94

1975

20

50

71

162

43.83

1976

20

50

73

162

45.06

2001

20

50

79

162

48.77

1991

20

50

84

162

51.85

2002

21

52.5

66

162

40.74

1980

21

52.5

73

163

44.79

2007

21

52.5

89

163

54.6

1984

21

52.5

92

162

56.79

1986

22

55

74

162

45.68

1982

22

55

81

162

50

1992

22

55

82

162

50.62

2006

22

55

88

162

54.32

2004

23

57.5

87

162

53.7

2005

24

60

82

162

50.62

2010

24

60

90

162

55.56

1985

25

62.5

83

162

51.23

1996

25

62.5

91

162

56.17

1998

26

65

98

162

60.49

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