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Take a dip in the hot tub time machine back to the morning of June 12th. The Padres had a dismal 20-41 record, on pace for one of, if not THE worst season's in team history (In their inaugural campaign of 1969 they were 52-110). There was little reason to believe a turnaround was possible.
But a funny thing happened on the way to losing 100 games, the Padres started winning. Even through the dog days of summer victories continued to pile up.
Since June 12, the Padres have compiled a 51-35 record, good for fifth best in the bigs. Post All-Star break the Padres are 23-7 at Petco Park. In their last 25 games the team has won 19. Sunday's thrilling walk-off win over Colorado was the Friars sixth straight series victory.
Sure, the infusion of young talent such as Evreth Cabrera, Yasmani Grandal, Logan Forsythe and Alexi Amarista have jump started the Padres revival. But most of the credit falls at the glove and bat of third baseman Chase Headley. The National League Player of the Month for August has career bests in home runs (28) and RBI's (104) with two weeks still left in the season. As of Monday, the 104 RBI's lead the National League. After the All-Star break Headley has hit 20-homers and driven in 62.
The Padres have five three-game series' to finish the season. If they can take two of three in each of them, the Friars will finish 2012 with an 81-81 record. A far cry from that gloomy morning in June.