Surging Padres can win NL West

San Diego's sneaky-deep lineup is key to latest winning streak

Updated: June 17, 2013, 11:39 AM ET
By Paul Swydan | ESPN Insider

San Diego Padres celebrateAP Photo/Lenny IgnelziJedd Gyorko, center, and the San Diego Padres are currently riding a six-game winning streak.

At the end of April, the spread in the ESPN Power Rankings for the denizens of the National League West was wide. But over the past two months, the division has congealed. One of the primary factors has been the play of the San Diego Padres, who now rank a season-best 16th overall. Sporting an above-.500 record for the first time since 2011, the Padres have overcome their slow start and are very much a factor in what has proven to be a soft NL West.