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Thanks to the sweep, the Padres’ goal of finishing with a better record than last year seems very possible now. With 7 games left, they need to finish 3-4 or better to achieve that goal. With those 7 games coming against the Rockies and the team the Padres just finished sweeping, the Giants, this is a definite possibility. No matter what happens from here on out, the Padres will finish in third place. They have one last home series in 2014.
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The Padres are still last in the major leagues in team batting with a .226 clip. However, this is much improved from when they were flirting with a historically bad season around the All-Star break. In the second half of the season, they have raised their batting average 12 points. The Padres have to feel good about many of the young players who came through in the second half. There is still some season left to get young players experience and confidence heading into 2015. If the Padres can finish this season strong, this organization should have a lot to look forward to next spring.