Perhaps the umpires can explain this one to Bud Black: if pitching is 90% of the game, how could the Padres compile a winning record in June with their top four pitchers all having a miserable month?
That's exactly what they pulled off, finishing June with a 15-13 mark, their second straight winning month (they were also 15-13 in May). Their 40-42 record through June is a vast improvement from 2012, when they were in last place at 29-50 at the end of June.
June totals: 9-8 in divisional play, 10-5 at home, 5-8 on the road.
- A 7-game winning streak, which included sweeps of two first-place teams, the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Climbing over .500 for the first time after the first week of the season since the end of 2010.
- Rookie Robbie Erlin's first Major League win, on June 1st in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Ending the month with two losses to the lowly Miami Marlins, the second loss coming on a walk-off grand-slam.
- The disappointing play of two of last season's top performers, 3B Chase Headley and closer Huston Street. How bad were they? Keep reading.
- Yes, go ahead and tip your hat, Andrew Cashner, you had a pretty darn good month. The cash-man went 1-0 with a 2.78 ERA. In 35 2/3 innings pitched, he only walked six, and didn't see a single ball leave the yard.
- Everth Cabrera. In 15 games before landing on the DL, Cabby hit .459, swiped 12 bases in 14 attempts, and had a .507 on-base percentage.
- Carlos Quentin. Four HR's, .366.
- Kyle Blanks. Five long balls, 18 RBI's, .283.
- The frustration mounted for Chase Headley in June: .183, one home run, nine RBI's. Where, Oh where has our Silver Slugger gone?
- Mark Kotsay. .111 (4-for-36).
- Huston Street. He only pitched seven innings because of time spent on the DL, but they were seven very unhappy innings: three home runs allowed, .367 average, 0-1, 5.14. Ouch.
- Luke Gregerson. His numbers were even worse than Street's. 1-1, 6.55, .380 average, three blown-saves.
- Edinson Volquez. 2-1, 6.10, .302 average.
- Clayton Richard. 5.40 ERA, .294 average.
- Average: .259. That's good for 12th in the Majors, and way up from their abysmal .236 of May.
- Home runs: 31. That's third in the NL, seventh overall.
- Stolen bases: 27–1st in the Majors.
- ERA: 3.95. That's 17th in the Majors (30 teams).
- Opponents' average: .265, 22nd in the Majors.
- Fielding percentage: .987 (10th). Their 81 double-plays turned is tied for fifth.
- Offense: Four starters spent considerable time on the DL, and their best hitter wasn't hitting all month, yet they still reached the top half of the Bigs in average, home runs, and runs scored? Are you kiddin' me? That's an A in my book.
- Fielding: A-minus. Their 42 errors is 11th overall (season total).
- Pitching: C-minus. Here's to awakening arms in July.
Now it's your turn Padre fans–agree or disagree? What grades would you dish out? Log in and sound off! And be sure to vote in the fan poll here at Padres 101 about the Padres' All-Star representative, and like us on Facebook.
Tags: Andrew Cashner, Baseball, Bud Black, Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley, Edinson Volquez, Everth Cabrera, Huston Street, Kyle Blanks, Luke Gregerson, MLB, Robbie Erlin, San Diego, San Diego Padres