Padres Keep Pace with Dodgers in July

The surprising San Diego Padres kept pace in the NL West with the front-running Dodgers throughout the month of July, posting a respectable 17-12 record and remaining just two games out of first place by the end of the month (and doing this despite leading the NL with 40 errors, nine ejections, and ten runners picked off base). At this time during the actual 1978 season, the Padres had a record of 54-52 (compared to 65-40 in SP78) and were in fourth place, nine games behind the first-place Giants.

Gene Richards led the team with a .340 average for the month, while Dave Winfield connected for eight home runs and collected 17 RBI to lead in the power department. And though Gaylord Perry led the starting rotation with a 1.80 ERA (and is currently 14-4 for the season), it was Bob Owchinko who dominated the won-lost column, going 4-0 in six starts and posting an impressive 2.16 ERA. Relief ace Rollie Fingers was 1-0 with five saves and a 0.63 earned run average over 12 relief appearances, and is a solid contender for the NL Fire Chief Trophy.

To peruse the Padres page for stats through July, click here. The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked, which will be soon.

6 responses to “Padres Keep Pace with Dodgers in July

  1. For some reason or another I do not remember Jerry Turner despite his SP78 .301 batting average. Just a check and in 78 he batted .280 so a few less hits and you are spot on for the SP78 season! Back to looking at the stats since it is the Padres.

    • I remember Turner from his days with the Padres, and always liked watching him play alongside Winfield (I have him playing CF, but it seems he actually spent most of his time in LF). The numbers on his SP78 card make him look like quite the hitting machine back in ’78, but I see that wasn’t the case. He had only 8 HR’s in 1978, but already he’s slugged 14 by the end of July.

  2. With 7 batters near or above .300, the Dodgers better watch out.

  3. This convo is much too statistical for me! But . . . Go Padres!!

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