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|sp:||Justin Germano (7-7, 4.25) vs Chad Billingsley (9-4, 3.50)|
Offense in the National League has been steadily climbing throughout the season, from 4.42 runs per game in April and May, to a high of 4.98 in August. The Padres, meanwhile, have been all over the place, hitting rock bottom in July, when they scored only 3.69 runs per game (while everyone else was scoring 4.84), before coming back with their strongest month yet in August.
Is the team peaking at the right time, or was last month an aberration? Whatever the case, the club’s recent performance, if not cause for crazed enthusiasm, at least gives us reason to remain cautiously optimistic as the finish line approaches…