Padres franchise cursed on their 36th game of the season

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Burch Smith is making his Major League debut on Saturday. He's going to have his work cut out for him. That's because he's being thrown into the meat grinder that is Game 36.

Game 36

The Padres are cursed on their 36th game of the season. They've lost a horrifying 82% of their games. Coincidentally that's 36 losses in 44 games. By far the worst in their history.

Game #

Wins

Games

Win %

36

8

44

18.18

Three game numbers are tied for second worst, yet they are still 5 wins better than Game 36.

Game #

Wins

Games

Win %

54

13

44

29.55

61

13

44

29.55

72

13

44

29.55

It took the franchise 17 years to win their first game 36. They also had a 9 year losing streak from 1996-2004. Since then they've been playing .500 baseball. Maybe the curse has been broken.

Results of the Padres 36th game

Year

Outcome

Opponent

Home/Away

Runs

Runs Against

Difference

1969

L

CHC

@

2

3

-1

1970

L

HOU


1

3

-2

1971

L

HOU

@

0

2

-2

1972

L

HOU


1

2

-1

1973

L

SFG


2

4

-2

1974

L

ATL


5

7

-2

1975

L

CHC


2

3

-1

1976

L

CIN


2

3

-1

1977

L

PHI

@

2

5

-3

1978

L

CIN

@

6

10

-4

1979

L

CIN

@

4

7

-3

1980

L

PIT

@

3

4

-1

1981

L

PHI


3

6

-3

1982

L

STL


3

6

-3

1983

L

NYM

@

1

2

-1

1984

L

MON


2

3

-1

1985

W

NYM

@

2

0

2

1986

L

MON


3

8

-5

1987

L

PIT

@

3

10

-7

1988

L

NYM


4

7

-3

1989

L

STL

@

5

6

-1

1990

L

NYM


4

6

-2

1991

W

CIN

@

5

2

3

1992

W

PIT

@

10

9

1

1993

L

SFG


4

9

-5

1994

L

LAD

@

1

7

-6

1995

W

MON


8

4

4

1996

L

CIN

@

0

1

-1

1997

L

MON

@

7

9

-2

1998

L

ATL

@

5

8

-3

1999

L

CIN

@

0

3

-3

2000

L

ARI


2

6

-4

2001

L

FLA


0

3

-3

2002

L

ATL

@

1

6

-5

2003

L

NYM

@

2

4

-2

2004

L

CHC


1

6

-5

2005

W

FLA


3

2

1

2006

W

CHC

@

10

5

5

2007

W

STL


7

0

7

2008

L

COL


2

4

-2

2009

W

CIN


5

3

2

2010

L

LAD


1

4

-3

2011

L

MIL

@

6

8

-2

2012

L

WSN

@

5

8

-3

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