Aug 30, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres right fielder Rymer Liriano (7) reacts after striking out during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres have an uphill battle if they want to achieve the goal of finishing with a better record than last year. They have reached the 80-loss plateau. They will more than likely finish 3rd in the division but that speaks more to the top-heaviness of the National League West instead of the quality season the Padres had. They have 14 games remaining and all but 4 of them are against NL West opponents. They have an opportunity to play spoiler to the Giants as they face off with San Francisco 7 times this month.
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The Padres need to finish 9-5 in their remaining games to finish better than last year. It is possible as their remaining games are mostly against teams weaker than they. The remaining season should be used as a tryout for players like Cory Spangenberg, Rymer Liriano and Jake Goebbert. No one’s job is safe heading into the offseason. Everyone needs to play hard.