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Padres get their 70th win and will struggle to get many more

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

I'm listening to Ryan Adams' distopian cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album and thinking back to when the Padres had the same horrible record as the 1989 Padres team.  The difference between the two teams was that the 1989 Padres dominated their second half of the season and finished with 89 wins.  The 2015 Padres have limped along with no sense of urgency to win games or improve themselves in any way.  I checked out mentally around August 1st.  Like an overdue library book the Padres were never checked in.

Now after 150 games the team is 70-80 just like the 2013 and 2014 teams.  It's like Ground Hog Day but far less entertaining.  Still the chances of them finishing with the same 76 win total for the season won't be as easy.

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Really, at this point (70-80 after Sunday's salvage job), they'd be hard-pressed to match the 76 wins that Josh Byrnes' teams averaged the last three years. Not only would the Padres have to win at six of their final 12 games – you know, play .500 ball when they're trending .316 all month – they have to do it against a slate of teams that have largely dominated the Padres in 2015.

I think I'd be in favor of shortening the MLB season to about 140 games and then extending the playoffs.  It just seems like the right thing to do.

First 150 games throughout the years

Year

Wins in first 150

Win % in first 150

Season Wins

Season Games

Season Win %

1981

41

27.33

41

110

37.27

1994

47

31.33

47

117

40.17

1969

48

32

52

162

32.1

1974

54

36

60

162

37.04

1973

55

36.67

60

162

37.04

1971

57

38

61

161

37.89

1972

57

38

58

153

37.91

2008

57

38

63

162

38.89

1993

58

38.67

61

162

37.65

1970

59

39.33

63

162

38.89

2003

59

39.33

64

162

39.51

1979

62

41.33

68

161

42.24

1987

63

42

65

162

40.12

2002

63

42

66

162

40.74

2011

63

42

71

162

43.83

1977

65

43.33

69

162

42.59

1980

66

44

73

163

44.79

1975

68

45.33

71

162

43.83

1976

68

45.33

73

162

45.06

2009

68

45.33

75

162

46.3

1986

69

46

74

162

45.68

2015

70

46.67

70

150

46.67

2013

70

46.67

76

162

46.91

2014

70

46.67

77

162

47.53

1995

70

46.67

70

144

48.61

1999

71

47.33

74

162

45.68

1990

71

47.33

75

162

46.3

1997

71

47.33

76

162

46.91

2000

72

48

76

162

46.91

2012

72

48

76

162

46.91

2001

74

49.33

79

162

48.77

1988

74

49.33

83

161

51.55

1982

75

50

81

162

50

2005

75

50

82

162

50.62

1985

75

50

83

162

51.23

1983

76

50.67

81

163

49.69

1991

76

50.67

84

162

51.85

1978

77

51.33

84

162

51.85

1992

78

52

82

162

50.62

2006

79

52.67

88

162

54.32

2004

80

53.33

87

162

53.7

1989

81

54

89

162

54.94

2007

83

55.33

89

163

54.6

2010

84

56

90

162

55.56

1996

84

56

91

162

56.17

1984

84

56

92

162

56.79

1998

94

62.67

98

162

60.49