Padres End June Three Games Up on Dodgers

The Padres went 15-11 in June, and conclude the month three games up on the Dodgers in the NL West. They are also a half-game better than Atlanta for first-place in the NL and just 1 1/2 back of the Yankees for the best record in baseball.

Shocking, ain’t it?

The Padres will enter the second half of the season (the last 81 games, not the post-ASB) tied for the division lead at the worst, and most likely a few games up on a Dodgers team that has its share of issues. Colorado and San Francisco lurk 5 and 5.5 games back, respectively.

Certainly, the Padres are contenders at this point, and it will be interesting to see what the new front office does as the offense-starved team (today notwithstanding, although it was an encouraging offensive performance) nears the trade deadline.

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  • Larry

    I can’t see why you think the Padres are “offense starved”. The key stat isn’t batting average or runs scored compared to other teams, but run differential. Yes, they just picked up a plus-ten yesterday alone, but even before that they had the best run differential in the league, fifth best in baseball. Looking at individual stats, it may look like Adrian and the seven dwarfs, but they’re a team playing the team concept, where individual stats don’t matter. Think of it as the classic case of the whole being more than the sum of its parts. And the team concept never goes into a slump!

    • Nathaniel Stoltz

      Well, offense is measured in runs. Overall team performance is measured in run differential. The Padres have the best pitching in baseball thus far, so they have more room on offense. Therefore, the offense can be worse than that of other teams with the team doing well. Still, upgrade the offense, and both the runs scored and run differential go up.