Jun 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Seth Smith (12) loosens up on deck before an eighth inning at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres now have equaled their win total from the past 2 years, at 76. They won their final home series which is good momentum heading into the offseason. The Friars finished 15 games above .500 at home. The Padres improved a lot on offense in the second half of the season. They went from a .214 team batting average to now a .226 average. It remains to be seen what the team will look like the next time the Padres take the field at Petco Park, but every fan hopes that it will contain players that can hit. This means keeping some players that showed over this season that they can hit consistently, getting rid of players who can’t, and signing players that can.
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The Padres head to San Francisco for the final series of the season. They still need to win one more game to have a better season than last year. Believe it or not, the Padres can still finish with an 80 win season, that would just mean they swept the Giants in the 4-game series. This has been an up and down season full of changes, twists and turns. As the Padres enter into the final weekend of the season, there is a lot of work to do and also some reasons for optimism in San Diego.