San Diego Padres Win Eighth In A Row
The San Diego Padres may be the only team besides the Kansas City Royals to be in second place in their division to have a losing record but they still have vastly improved since a recent losing stretch.
The 21-22 Padres are second in the NL West and eight and a half games behind the first place Dodgers. The Padres had started off well this season with a 9-3 start to the 2009 season.
Then they hit a horrendous 4-19 stretch before their current eight game winning streak. Ten days ago they were 13-22 and tied for last place with the Diamondbacks.
Now they are 21-22 and have passed the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants in the standings. The Padres have the worst road record in the majors with a 5-16 record. However they have a 12-5 record in one run games which is the best in the majors.
The Padres have scored 159 runs this season which is the fewest runs scored in the majors.
Adrian Gonzalez has hit 16 homers and driven in 30 runs. Sam Hairston is next in homers with five and tied for second in RBI’s with Brian Giles with 19 each.
Hairston has been a huge surprise and is hitting .325 after hitting .248 for the Padres in 2008.
Jake Peavy leads the team in wins with four and Chris Young is second with three wins. Young is the only starter to have a winning record.
Today Young 3-2 will face Ted Lilly 5-3 in the series finale today. Then the Padres travel to play the Diamondbacks and Rockies in three game series. They will return to San Diego on June 1 to host the Phillies for a three game series.
So they should be in good shape in the standings by the time they play the Phillies. Their only problem is that the Dodgers are not letting them gain much ground since they have extended their lead by two games since the Manny Ramirez suspension.
The Dodgers and Padres are both 8-2 in their last ten games.