The San Diego Padres (64-67) have had quite a roller coaster of a season. Specifically since the All-Star break, they have been able to put together win streaks, only to fall down the path of some losing streaks all at once. Although they have not reached .500 baseball for some time, they have certainly been playing like a .500 team as of late.
The Padres had been trending up after winning 4 straight series. That momentum unfortunate did not continue as they dropped the last 2 series (1-2 in each series) to the Washington Nationals and the lowly Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals had an almost identical record and were spinning out of contention recently with the Mets continuing to win. Both series were winnable given the way the Nationals and Phillies have been playing. The Padres were able to salvage each series with a win, but only after losing three straight between the two series. This after coming off an almost sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, the best record in baseball.
The win last night over the Texas Rangers made it 2-straight for the Pads who now sit 3 games below even. After making a ton of progress in the NL West with the Dodgers playing bad baseball to end August, they are back to 9.5 games back in the division. There is still plenty of baseball to play if the Padres want to make a miracle post-season run. The Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are playing a series right now which could cause the standings to shake up a little bit. Dodgers beat the Giants in extra innings in their series opener last night.
The Padres have played well against the Texas Rangers this season. If they can manage a series win then they can continue to push forward. They have the Dodgers up next for a 4-game series in San Diego. They follow that up with another 4-game series against the Rockies (who they have dominated all season) in San Diego, and a 3-game series in San Francisco. These 3 series will be the make-or-break part of the season for the Padres if they hope to make anything out of these season.
In recent weeks Derek Norris has been getting very little playing time with Austin Hedges getting more reps. Will Middlebrooks has not been on the active Major League roster for a month, and Wil Myers is still injured. According to Fox Sports San Diego, Wil Myers is starting his first rehab stint in Single-A tonight. Maybe just in time.