The Padres are considering bolstering their offense for the second half of the season, but maybe their best move would be to petition for a move to the American League.
Interleague play seems to have put a spring in San Diego's bats. The Padres have scored half a run more per game (4.6) against the AL than against the National League (4.1). That's not saying they've been an offensive powerhouse, but if they could score 4.6 per game all the time, that would at least put them in the middle of the pack instead of the back.
For the season, the Padres are 24th in the majors in runs scored and 26th in slugging at .369 (they've slugged .414 in the past week). They've managed to stay in first place in the NL West thanks to stellar pitching, but are not likely to maintain their winning pace -- much less have success in the playoffs -- if they can't generate some more offense.
Padres hitting coach Randy Ready told the San Diego Union-Tribune that AL teams have pitched San Diego much differently than NL clubs, and some of the hitters have adjusted successfully.
Adrian Gonzalez, who began his career in the AL with the Rangers, has had a hit in every interleague game, batting .438. Aaron Cunningham, another former junior leaguer, has batted .429 in the past week and Nick Hundley (pictured celebrating with Gonzalez after homering Sunday) has batted .417.
-- David Andriesen
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