- Padres came off an emotional series against the Dodgers and dropped 2 of 3 to Florida. Florida historically has succeeded in Petco (the Marlins had won 9 of their last 12 games in San Diego entering the series), and threw three of their best pitchers. Padres managed to beat their ace (Josh Johnson) but lost the other two.
- Padres then head to LA to play those Dodgers again. Despite being shut out for 17+ innings they come away with a split.
- Padres finish off the road trip in Arizona, where they've lost 2 of every 3 games they've played. Again they lose 2 of 3.
Perhaps their recent 4-6 record is due to facing some tough pitching and playing in two parks where they have historically struggled (San Diego is 27-34 since 2004 in LA, 159-194 all-time). They still have the best record in the NL, and they still enjoy a 2 game lead on the Giants.
So don't panic.
Now if the Padres lose this series to Pittsburgh...