The Padres' first half

USA TODAY Sports

Here we are, juuuust past the midpoint of the season.

In the last ten games, the top three teams in the division have slipped into mediocrity by going 4-6. The Giants have plummeted to 4th place by going 2-8. The sleeping giants, the Dodgers, have awoken. They were 9.5 games back from the division leader on June 21st and have rallied and ridden Yasiel Puig's coattails to go 8-2 and are now only 4 back.

This is the closest division race in baseball and probably the worst bunch of teams. One wonders how many wins it will take to clinch the division. Could it be in the low 80's again like in 2005 when the Padres won with 82 wins? The first half records says, "yes, most definitely".


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Arizona 42 39 .518 0 Lost 3
Colorado 41 42 .493 2 Lost 1
San Diego 40 42 .487 2.5 Lost 2
San Francisco 39 42 .481 3 Won 1
Los Angeles 38 43 .469 4 Won 2

(updated 7.1.2013 at 8:34 AM PDT)


The Padres have cooled off considerably in the last 2 weeks. Losing to the Miami Marlins yesterday on a walk-off grand slam could be a season low point. It's hard to know what to expect from this team on a day to day basis, especially with most of the infield on the disabled list.


San Diego Padres Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Yonder Alonso hand 06/01/2013
Jedd Gyorko groin 06/10/2013
Cameron Maybin other-excused 06/10/2013
Everth Cabrera hamstring 06/17/2013

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cory Luebke elbow 03/22/2013
Joe Wieland elbow 02/28/2013

Things haven't turned out as expected so far. Pre-season hopes of Chase Headley carrying the team and receiving a huge contract extension haven't panned out. Worries about Andrew Cashner not having what it takes to be a starting pitcher have been for naught. Petco Park and its shrunken outfield seem to be giving the Padres a home field advantage. The team is 25-18 at home and 15-24 on the road. And still, after a 5-15 start the team is shockingly in the midst of a pennant race and poised to confuse us some more.

In franchise history 15 teams out of 45 have had a winning record after 81 games. The 2013 team isn't one of them, but they're close.

Let's compare the first 81 games to those Padres teams of yesteryear.

First 81 games by Winning %

Year

Wins in first 81

Winning % in first 81

Season Wins

Season Games

Season Winning %

2003

26

32.1

64

162

39.51

1969

27

33.33

52

162

32.1

1973

28

34.57

60

162

37.04

1971

28

34.57

61

161

37.89

1987

28

34.57

65

162

40.12

1981

30

37.04

41

110

37.27

1972

30

37.04

58

153

37.91

1993

31

38.27

61

162

37.65

1970

31

38.27

63

162

38.89

2012

31

38.27

76

162

46.91

2008

32

39.51

63

162

38.89

1994

32

39.51

47

117

40.17

1977

33

40.74

69

162

42.59

1974

34

41.98

60

162

37.04

2002

34

41.98

66

162

40.74

1980

34

41.98

73

163

44.79

1979

35

43.21

68

161

42.24

2009

35

43.21

75

162

46.3

2011

36

44.44

71

162

43.83

1997

36

44.44

76

162

46.91

2000

36

44.44

76

162

46.91

1988

36

44.44

83

161

51.55

1990

37

45.68

75

162

46.3

2001

37

45.68

79

162

48.77

1975

38

46.91

71

162

43.83

1995

38

46.91

70

144

48.61

1989

39

48.15

89

162

54.94

2013

40

49.38




1999

40

49.38

74

162

45.68

1991

40

49.38

84

162

51.85

1978

41

50.62

84

162

51.85

1976

42

51.85

73

162

45.06

1986

42

51.85

74

162

45.68

1983

42

51.85

81

163

49.69

1996

42

51.85

91

162

56.17

1992

43

53.09

82

162

50.62

2006

43

53.09

88

162

54.32

2005

44

54.32

82

162

50.62

2004

44

54.32

87

162

53.7

1982

47

58.02

81

162

50

1985

47

58.02

83

162

51.23

2007

47

58.02

89

163

54.6

2010

48

59.26

90

162

55.56

1984

48

59.26

92

162

56.79

1998

53

65.43

98

162

60.49

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