The San Diego Padres finished the month of July with a 5-20 record (.200 winning percentage), which stands as the second-worst record for a single month in franchise history. The month barely edged out August of 1969 when the ball club finished 5-22.
It was a less than ideal month for the San Diego Padres and their fans, as the team closed out the month with seven consecutive losses and saw their monthly win-loss record pummel to 5-20. It stands as the second-worst win-loss record in a month in franchise history, only beating out the month of August in their inaugural season of 1969.
In mid-June, the Padres were 34-38 and just six games out of first place in the National League West. Entering play on August 1, the Padres have gone 8-30 in their last 38 games, and are now 18.5 games behind first place in the division.
So, the question everyone is wondering is... how did this team play so poorly all of a sudden?
The pitching staff had an atrocious month, with a combined ERA of 5.46, which was by far the worst mark of the season. In April, the Padres went 10-20, but the pitching staff still mustered a combined 4.46 ERA that month, which allowed the offense a chance to win games.
At the same time, the bats also went cold as the offense combined for their worst month in all three major categories with a .221 batting average, a .287 on-base percentage and a .351 slugging percentage.
It was definitely a month to forget for the Padres, and hopefully the whole team from the front office, to the coaches, to the position players, to the rotation and to the bullpen all take ownership of the poor performance for July.
The Padres will look to get back to their winning ways beginning on Thursday when they head to Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs.