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.