Jul 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (18) looks at a pitch during an at bat in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres at the All-Star Break

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This post was contributed to FanSided.com from Dom DiTolla of FanSided’s very own San Diego Padres site, Chicken Friars. For more San Diego Padres news, check out ChickenFriars.com.

The Padres’ 2013 season has been nothing short of a “down-up-down” roller-coaster over the last three months.  After the team was left for dead after their 5-15 start out of the gate, San Diego proceeded to post a 35-25 record as they flirted with .500 throughout the month of June.

That 60 game stretch was very fun to watch as the Padres’ once make-shift starting rotation appeared to be gelling.  The veterans like Jason Marquis, Edinson Volquez, and Eric Stults appeared to be returning to form, while Andrew Cashner looked like one of the better younger starters in the National League.

Best of all however was the fact that the Friars’ received strong offensive contributions from the likes of Everth Cabrera, Jedd Gyorko, Yonder Alonso, Kyle Blanks, and Chris Denorfia while Chase Headley slumped along after his injury.

Heck, San Diego even remained hot even after three-fourths of their infield (Alonso, Gyorko, and Cabrera) went on the disabled list early in the month of June.  Sporting a 40-40 on June 29, 2013, the Friars appeared primed to compete all season long in the even-yet-mediocre National League West.

Sadly, San Diego’s good karma and solid performances have been few and far between as of late.  Just as they did at the beginning of the season, the Padres have faded even more incredibly lately.  The team descended into the cellar since they have dropeed 13 of their last 14 games as of July 13, 2013.

Where will the Padres go from here?  I’m not quite sure, but it cannot get any worse for them.  Will it?

You can check out the complete review of the Padres first half of the season over at ChickenFriars.com.

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