Black confident about second half

Black confident about second half

WASHINGTON -- Padres manager Bud Black was asked about why his team would succeed in the second half of the season. His response? Consistency.

"The consistency has sort of been a benchmark of this team," Black said. "Right now we have -- with the exception of a couple of guys on the disabled list -- the best players in the organization. The starting rotation has been extremely steady.

"The bullpen has remained extremely steady. I do think our batting averages, individually, will climb in the second half."

The Padres have only lost three consecutive games once this season once, May 14-16 against the Dodgers. Much of that success is due to one of the top pitching staffs in the Majors.

San Diego's 3.14 ERA -- between its starters and relievers -- is the best in baseball. Three of its relievers also have an ERA under 2.00.