Padres Face Division Rivals in Final Stretch

September 23, 2018

After a day off Thursday, the Padres began the final stretch of the season with series against three division rivals: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Arizona Diamondbacks.  The games against the Dodgers will be the most daunting, as L.A. is hanging on to first place in the division by an eyelash. Even more challenging, the Padres will have to perform in the playoff-like atmosphere in Dodger Stadium.  However,…

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The Padres are Playing Spoiler to the End

August 16, 2018

After a brutal end to July, which featured seven losses in a row, the Padres have rebooted. They split a series in Chicago against the Cubs, then won series against the Brewers and Phillies. All three teams have winning records and legitimate chances to make the playoffs. Although the Padres were swept by the Angels, another team with a statistical chance at a Wild Card berth, the Padres still have…

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Current Review of the Topsy-Turvy National League West

May 9, 2018

Although most pre-season predictions had the Padres in last place, the relative success of the other four teams has defied the prognosticators’ judgments. According to the experts, the Los Angeles Dodgers would lead the West yet again (albeit with fewer wins than last year’s 104). In the meantime, the Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, and Arizona Diamondbacks would muddle along in the middle. Although still very early in the season,…

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NL West Outlook: Closing the Gap Between the Padres and Rockies

March 22, 2018

The Padres finished 71-91 last season, fourth in the N.L. West, seven games better than the lowly Giants. Despite finishing better than the hated black and orange team by the Bay, the gap between the Padres and the top tier of the N.L. West is dismally wide. Before the Padres can take down the big dogs on top, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won five straight N.L. West crowns,…

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Sizing up the National League West

March 20, 2018

The last three years, the Padres had the misfortune of facing Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on Opening Day, losing 6-0, 15-0, and 14-3. This year, the home team will face the Milwaukee Brewers, a welcome change. After that series against the Brewers, however, the Padres will face their National League West rivals a whopping 20 games out of 26. The division had an MLB-high winning percentage of .517 in…

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Checking in on the National League West

February 14, 2018

Last year, the National League West had the best winning percentage in all of baseball at .517 and sent three teams (the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies) to the playoffs. Los Angeles made it all the way to the World Series and lost in the seventh game. The Padres avoided last place thanks to the Giants’ very uncharacteristic 64-98 record, but San Francisco has regrouped and added help from outside the…

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