Where do the San Diego Padres stand according to power rankings as the month of July gets underway? We take a look at all of the major lists.
The Padres had a drama filled up an down week this week, finishing 3-3 for the second consecutive week. While all six contests played took place at Petco Park, the weekend series didn’t exactly feel like it with the Dodgers coming to town.
The week began on a positive note with San Diego taking two of three from Matt Kemp and Atlanta, but finished on a sour note after being beat up in two of three against the bitter division rival. Overall though, fans can be encouraged by the consistency they’re now seeing, which is now beginning to be reflected in the power rankings.
This week’s lists vary quite a bit, making for an interesting update. Let’s get started with ESPN.
ESPN gives the Padres the nod over the lowly Phillies, but doesn’t give much love to the club beyond the youth.
"The Padres are bad, but at least they’re playing the kids. Their lineup has the youngest average age in the majors, and their young players need all the experience they can get. Not that they have a ton of talent that will be in demand, but San Diego should be trading everything not nailed down to improve its farm system even more for next year."
FanRag Sports seems reasonable as they place the Friars above the last place Giants, but they still have them about as close to the cellar as it gets. The reason? Run differential. The Padres do indeed get blown out quite often.
"Their run differential is the worst by 29 runs."
Again, Sports Illustrated places the Padres very low on their rankings. Even below the Giants for some reason who are ranked 28th, despite the fact that San Diego remains above them in the standings. At least they’re ahead of the Phillies, but then again, the Phillies are 27-53.
The Padres are up two spots according to these rankings to earn their highest ranking of the season in any of the lists we use for our updates. It is quite an accomplishment for this team to have turned it around at least enough to pass seven teams. Bleacher Report has always been on the generous side to San Diego, but this is the best yet.