7/13 Morning Mighty: Padres’ First-Half Grades

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Padres carry some momentum into break – Padres.com
The first 24 games of Pat Murphy’s tenure haven’t gone the way he wanted. But he enters the second half full of hope.

“We didn’t make the run,” Murphy said. “Even though we played well, we lost the games. Now, we’ve got to get momentum to get back in this thing. That’s what great stories are written about.”

GRADES: Padres First Half Less Than Stellar – Mighty 1090
At the All-Star Break, Andrew Burer looks back at the first part of the 2015 San Diego Padres season and hands out grades for offense, defense, and pitching.

Norris learning from strenuous first half – San Diego Union-Tribune
Norris, 26, set career highs last year with Oakland, making 93 starts behind the plate and catching 870 1/3 innings. That was over a full season. Entering Sunday, he’d started 72 times and caught 656 innings, tied for the second-most in the majors. He was hitting .228 against right-handed pitchers.

Darren & Marty On Padres 1st Half & Why Several Moves Are Coming Soon – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Darren Smith and Marty Caswell talk from Comic-Con on the Padres disappointing first half, why several moves are likely to come soon & what to make of Pat Murphy’s comments of players not thinking they can win.

All Star Game or not, Padres plan to contend
“Our expectations are going to be high. Period. It’s not in our ownership’s DNA to live through a dismal year intentionally,” said Peter Seidler, who acknowledged the second wild card has emboldened many organizations, including his own. “Intellectually, I understand why some franchises in baseball and in other sports will tear down to the bone and try to get high draft picks with the hope that in three years you can build up. We think we’re smarter to put all of our energy into competing year after year after year. We think that’s what the fans want, we think that’s what San Diego wants, and we know that’s what we want.”

Chargers offseason report: Philip Rivers is back, but many faces aren’t – USA Today
Even when you ignore all of the stadium talk, the San Diego Chargers still had a very tumultuous offseason. Lindsay Jones recaps it all, and looks at how this year’s Chargers compares to last year’s team.

Jordan Spieth beats Tom Gillis on 2nd playoff hole to win John Deere Classic – USA Today
In the end, Spieth got exactly what he was looking for from the John Deere Classic: a win and some positive energy ahead of the British Open.

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