From late April to a few weeks ago the San Diego Padres had a great run where they had a couple of very hot streaks. Those streaks took them from the bottom of the National League West into contention. Even though their hot play has cooled off quite a bit, they are still playing well enough to stay in third or fourth place and remain part of the conversation at the very least in the NL West.
Let’s just put it this way. The Padres are closer to the Arizona Diamondbacks than the second place NL East team is to the Atlanta Braves. Though they have a couple of teams in front of them, they can take solace in the fact that no one is running away with the division. They remain as big of a part of the possible contenders for the West as anyone. Sure the Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies have the inside track but one more hot spell and the Padres could be right there with them.
For their part they will need to improve their starting pitching effort overall. That was one thing that was a constant when they were playing so well. Good starting pitching was apparently contagious for them at the time as everyone that took the mound seemed to have his good stuff that night. Chase Headley and the same cast of characters are still leading the offense and need to continue to improve. If they steadily improve and maybe make a pitching move or two before the trade deadline, the Padres could be reaching contender status by August.