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Padres records in the second halves of the seasons. Let 1989 and 1996 be your guide.

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I've been asking around on Twitter, "what turned the Padres 1989 season around?"  The 2015 team is in a very similar situation.  The current team has 38 wins in the first half and the 1989 team had 39.  The 1989 team then won 50 games in their second half.  If we could just figure out how things changed so dramatically we could use the same blueprint and slip right into the playoffs without anyone noticing.  Let's get to our local libraries and start searching microfiche!  Looking back through their record it looks like they went 19-8 in September, that was certainly a big part of it.

The 1996 team won 49 games, but they weren't half bad in the first half.  They were 18-10 in August.  I was there for that last game in Los Angeles when the Padres completed the sweep of the Dodgers to win the NL West.  It might have been the greatest game I ever attended.  When Chris Gwynn hit that double and alligator clapped at second base, it felt like I was electrocuted.  They don't make major league memories like that anymore.

I remember Chase Headley being the reason the 2012 team won 45 games in the second half.  That team was not good, but he carried them on his back in August.  They were so heavy he would experience back pain for the rest of his career.  He truly was the team's savior for a short time.

Who could forget the 2010 team and their 10 game losing streak?  That cost the team a playoff berth  and put a World Series Championship in the laps of the Giants.  I'm still furious about that.  I was at that second to last game in San Francisco.

The 1998 team really dropped off in September if I remember correctly.  They'd have won over 100 games for sure, but they had a hiccup right before the season ended.

Anything else interesting that I didn't mention?

Year

2nd Half Wins

2nd Half Losses

2nd Half Total

2nd Half Win %

Season Wins

Season Games

Season Win %

1989

50

31

81

61.73

89

162

54.94

1996

49

32

81

60.49

91

162

56.17

1988

47

33

80

58.75

83

161

51.55

1998

45

36

81

55.56

98

162

60.49

2006

45

36

81

55.56

88

162

54.32

2012

45

36

81

55.56

76

162

46.91

1984

44

37

81

54.32

92

162

56.79

1991

44

37

81

54.32

84

162

51.85

2004

43

38

81

53.09

87

162

53.7

1978

43

38

81

53.09

84

162

51.85

2014

43

38

81

53.09

77

162

47.53

2010

42

39

81

51.85

90

162

55.56

2001

42

39

81

51.85

79

162

48.77

2007

42

40

82

51.22

89

163

54.6

1995

32

31

63

50.79

70

144

48.61

1997

40

41

81

49.38

76

162

46.91

2000

40

41

81

49.38

76

162

46.91

2009

40

41

81

49.38

75

162

46.3

1992

39

42

81

48.15

82

162

50.62

1983

39

43

82

47.56

81

163

49.69

1980

39

43

82

47.56

73

163

44.79

2005

38

43

81

46.91

82

162

50.62

1990

38

43

81

46.91

75

162

46.3

2003

38

43

81

46.91

64

162

39.51

1987

37

44

81

45.68

65

162

40.12

1985

36

45

81

44.44

83

162

51.23

2013

36

45

81

44.44

76

162

46.91

1977

36

45

81

44.44

69

162

42.59

2011

35

46

81

43.21

71

162

43.83

1982

34

47

81

41.98

81

162

50

1999

34

47

81

41.98

74

162

45.68

1994

15

21

36

41.67

47

117

40.17

1979

33

47

80

41.25

68

161

42.24

1971

33

47

80

41.25

61

161

37.89

1975

33

48

81

40.74

71

162

43.83

1986

32

49

81

39.51

74

162

45.68

2002

32

49

81

39.51

66

162

40.74

1970

32

49

81

39.51

63

162

38.89

1973

32

49

81

39.51

60

162

37.04

1972

28

44

72

38.89

58

153

37.91

1976

31

50

81

38.27

73

162

45.06

2008

31

50

81

38.27

63

162

38.89

1981

11

18

29

37.93

41

110

37.27

1993

30

51

81

37.04

61

162

37.65

1974

26

55

81

32.1

60

162

37.04

1969

25

56

81

30.86

52

162

32.1