No June Gloom for the San Diego Padres offense

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Jun 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers (4) hits a two RBI double during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers (4) hits a two RBI double during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s been a tale of two offenses for the Padres between May and June. In May the Padres hit an absolutely abysmal .215 for the month, second worst in the major leagues, edging out only the Mets, who hit .211.

The Padres struck out the fifth most of all teams in the month of May, scored a terrible 99 runs and had the fifth least walks in May. May was not a good month to be a Padres hitter.

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June, however, has seen a completely different Padres offense come to work at 19 Tony Gwynn Drive. June, while only 19 days in, has so far seen the Padres already nearly equal their output in May by scoring 97 runs, which leads the NL in June. With 8 games still to play, the outlook for this being a much more prodigious month for the Friars is rosy.

The remainder of the month sees the Padres face the Orioles and the Reds. With the Orioles sporting an ERA of 5.04 in June and the Reds turning in an ERA north of 4 this month, more runs should be coming in the near future. Both teams also are in the bottom third of pitching strikeouts for the month of June. Here’s to hoping I didn’t just jinx them.

In June, the Padres are hitting .285 after taking the last game from the Nationals on Sunday. That leads the NL in June and they are also third in the NL in home runs in June with 23. Did I mention that they are leading the NL in runs in June?

The accomplishment is largely fueled by a .333 BABIP, which compares quite favorably to their .294 BABIP for the season. Having witnessed first-hand the luck of the Padres as two bloop flies on Saturday night fell off the glove of Nationals CF Michael Taylor, a little bit of luck is sometimes needed for success.

Jun 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers (4) hits a two RBI double during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 18, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers (4) hits a two RBI double during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

However, the offensive surge has been led from the front as Jon Jay, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, nominally 1-3 in any lineup card Andy Green prints out this year, are hitting .366, .373 and .338, respectively, in the month of June. Wil Myers has also added 9 HR, 22 RBI, 18 Runs scored and, just for fantasy good measure, three stolen bases in June. All this in only 17 games. He’s making a case for All Star consideration in June.

Next: More offense lies in wait at AAA

With 8 games left this month, June of 2016 will likely go down as their best offensive month in a long time. My research tells me that in the last 7 years the only month that even comes close to comparing to June of 2016 is August of 2009, when they hit .270 and scored 126 runs in the month. June gloom has not existed at Petco Park this year.

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