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San Diego Padres second-half preview: Finding an identity

Verducci's Quick Pitch: San Diego Padres

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the San Diego Padres.

San Diego Padres

Record: 41-54

Standing: 3rd in NL West

Team Leaders

Batting Average: Seth Smith, .283

Home Runs: Seth Smith, 10

ERA: Tyson Ross, 2.85

Despite being in third place in the NL West, the Padres are 12 games back of the first-place Dodgers entering the second half of the season. The team fired general manager Josh Byrnes in June, and San Diego will try to keep teams from plucking young talent from their roster at the trade deadline. 

The Padres have struggled this season offensively. San Diego is last in the majors in runs scored, hits, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. 

 

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