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2012 Padres no longer on pace to be worst. Now on pace to be 30th BEST in franchise history.

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May 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres mascot The Swingin Friar looks to the sky before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
May 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres mascot The Swingin Friar looks to the sky before a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

When I started tracking the 2012 Padres against the worst Padres team ever. The current team was two games behind the 1969 Padres' pace. That was on June 21st. Since then our boys have been on a roll, they've gone 17-10. They've passed the '69ers and put 8 games between them.


NL West Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
2012 San Diego Padres 41 56 .423 0 Won 1
1969 San Diego Padres 33 64 .340 8 Won 1

(updated 7.23.2012 at 1:41 PM PDT)


In the actual NL West the Padres were also dwelling in the cellar, two games behind the Rockies. Because of their recent hot streak they've built a 3.5 game lead over them.

If the Padres hold this .423 pace the rest of the season they'll be 30th place on the list of all time best Padres teams. That's reason to celebrate.

Rk Year Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish Top Player Managers
27 2011 San Diego Padres NL West 162 71 91 .438 5th of 5 C.Maybin (4.3) Buddy Black (71-91)
28 1975 San Diego Padres NL West 162 71 91 .438 4th of 6 R.Jones (7.3) John McNamara (71-91)
29 1977 San Diego Padres NL West 162 69 93 .426 5th of 6 G.Hendrick (5.6) John McNamara (20-28), Bob Skinner (1-0) and Al Dark (48-65)
30 2012 San Diego Padres NL West 97 41 56 .423 4th of 5 C.Headley (2.8) Buddy Black (41-56)
31 1979 San Diego Padres NL West 161 68 93 .422 5th of 6 D.Winfield (8.1) Roger Craig (68-93)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2012.