Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/9/12
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It's been a long first half for the Padres. Injuries have decimated their pool of starting pitchers. The middle infield combination of SS Jason Bartlett and 2B Orlando Hudson proved to be a total bust. All three young players signed to extended contracts during spring training have either struggled (C Nick Hundley and CF Cameron Maybin) or been lost to the season to injury (LHP Cory Luebke had elbow reconstruction surgery). Three-fifths of the Padres current rotation was playing elsewhere (or not playing at all) at the start of the season. Yet Padres manager Bud Black has a good feeling about the Padres going into the second half. He thinks these Padres could be duplicates of the 2009 edition. That club was headed to a 100-loss season after 100 games. But it finished on a 37-25 run -- and served as a springboard for the surprising 2010 team that won 90 games and came within a win of forcing a playoff for the wildcard berth. After a 19-40 start, the 2012 Padres went 15-13 ove...
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