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Schedule Setting Up Nicely For A Winning Streak

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 2: San Diego Padres players high-five after beating the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 in a baseball game at Petco Park July 2, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

    The Padres had a day off on Thursday, feeling awfully good they just completed their first series sweep of the 2014 season (against a pretty good Reds team). They're on their second 4-game winning streak of the year. When the sun rises on the 4th of July, they will be 8.5 games out of a playoff spot.

    As bad as things have been, the Padres are in a perfect position to make a run to playoff contention.

    Yes, I am serious.

    Starting on Independence Day, the Padres play three games against the Giants, a team that has lost 17 of 22 games. Sure, Tim Lincecum is pitching on Sunday, but he can't no-hit the Padres three times in 12 months (I think).

    After that the Padres head to Colorado for three games to face a Rockies team that's lost 15 of 17 games. So, as two of their division rivals are ripe for the picking, the Padres are finding something that loosely resembles a stride.

    After those two series, the Padres hit the All-Star break with four games in L.A. against the first place Dodgers. The Padres are 2-4 against the Dodgers this season and have actually played them tougher than most people would expect.

    So, with 10 games to go before the All-Star break, the Friars are primed to put themselves in a position to make us believe the season is not completely lost, and possibly even hang on to most of their guys when the trade deadline comes around.