The Padres after 9 games

Jason Miller

We heard all offseason from both GM Josh Byrnes and Manager Bud Black about how important it was for the Padres to get off to a good start to the season.  With both the Dodgers and Giants in the division, if the Padres slump early they could be buried by May.

Well they haven't started off particularly hot.  They're 3-6 in the first 9 games, but surprisingly that doesn't mean certain doom for this team.  If you look at past Padres seasons there are plenty of teams that have started out equally as bad and some of them rebounded to become mediocre to good.

The 2010 and 2006 Padres both started out 3-6 and turned out to be pretty good teams, with 90 and 88 wins respectively.  On the other hand the inaugural Padres team in 1969 started off 3-6 and ended an all time worst 52 wins.  It's probably too early to be able to tell if this a good team or not.  I'm guessing they'll be pretty mediocre.  But look at it this way, they're one win ahead of the 2012 and 2013 teams so at least we're seeing some improvement.

It's worth noting that the 3 best teams in Padres history, all with over 90 wins, all started hot.  They sit at the top of this list after 9 games.

Year Wins in First 9 games Win % after 9 games
Season Wins Season Games Season Win %
1987 1 11.11 65 162 40.12
1994 1 11.11 47 117 40.17
1974 2 22.22 60 162 37.04
1993 2 22.22 61 162 37.65
2012 2 22.22 76 162 46.91
2013 2 22.22 76 162 46.91
1978 2 22.22 84 162 51.85
1969 3 33.33 52 162 32.1
1973 3 33.33 60 162 37.04
1981 3 33.33 41 110 37.27
1971 3 33.33 61 161 37.89
1979 3 33.33 68 161 42.24
1988 3 33.33 83 161 51.55
2006 3 33.33 88 162 54.32
2010 3 33.33 90 162 55.56
1972 4 44.44 58 153 37.91
1970 4 44.44 63 162 38.89
2003 4 44.44 64 162 39.51
2002 4 44.44 66 162 40.74
1977 4 44.44 69 162 42.59
2011 4 44.44 71 162 43.83
1976 4 44.44 73 162 45.06
1999 4 44.44 74 162 45.68
1995 4 44.44 70 144 48.61
2001 4 44.44 79 162 48.77
1983 4 44.44 81 163 49.69
2004 4 44.44 87 162 53.7
2008 5 55.56 63 162 38.89
1980 5 55.56 73 163 44.79
1990 5 55.56 75 162 46.3
1997 5 55.56 76 162 46.91
2000 5 55.56 76 162 46.91
1982 5 55.56 81 162 50
2005 5 55.56 82 162 50.62
1985 5 55.56 83 162 51.23
1989 5 55.56 89 162 54.94
1975 6 66.67 71 162 43.83
1986 6 66.67 74 162 45.68
2009 6 66.67 75 162 46.3
1991 6 66.67 84 162 51.85
2007 6 66.67 89 163 54.6
1992 7 77.78 82 162 50.62
1996 7 77.78 91 162 56.17
1998 7 77.78 98 162 60.49
1984 8 88.89 92 162 56.79
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