June 21, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres manager Bud Black (20) prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Overall offense: F
This may be the worst offense in the history of baseball. And while that has likely been said many times over the last century, this team may actually pull it off. After half a season, they have the lowest team batting average (.213) and on-base percentage(.272) in history. They have scored zero or one run in one-third of their games (27 of 81). They have been shut out 12 times. They have had a no-hitter thrown against them. They have the worst three hitters in the major leagues in OPS, for players with at least 200 ABs. They are bad, worse, worst.
Overall pitching: A-
The starting pitching has been above average, and the bullpen has been fantastic. Overall, the Padres’ pitching had a very strong first half, with the seventh-best ERA in baseball, and have held up very well in the NL West, which has excellent pitching overall. The team is ninth overall in opponents’ batting average and strikeouts, and has the sixth best opponents on-base percentage in baseball. On a team with even an average offense, the Padres would likely have a winning record, and be in contention for the postseason.