Padres GM Jed Hoyer is prepared to add players if his team remains in the race, reports SI's Jon Heyman. The 17-10 Padres sit atop the NL West with 83% of their season remaining. Their Pythagorean expectation suggests a 13-14 record, but those extra four wins are in the books. If the Padres play .473 ball from here on out, as their runs scored and allowed totals suggest, they'd be projected to finish right at .500.
Padres starters have the third-best ERA in the league at 3.03, and their shut-down bullpen checks in at 2.65. As a team they have a 1.79 ERA at Petco and a 4.12 mark on the road.
The Padres rank 10th in the NL with 4.44 runs scored per game, better than I expected before the season. They've managed this despite a disappointing start from Kyle Blanks and no production out of the shortstop position. Where would the Padres add a bat? The middle infield would make sense. Left field could also work, though it may be difficult to improve upon Scott Hairston without a blockbuster deal. Dan Uggla, Adam Dunn, Josh Willingham, Jose Guillen, Luke Scott, and Miguel Tejada are some potentially available names to toss around a month from now. One player who could be surprisingly absent from the trading block: Adrian Gonzalez.