Padres benefit from improved confidence at plate

Padres benefit from improved confidence at plate

LOS ANGELES -- The results vary from day to day, but hitting coach Phil Plantier said that he's generally seeing better at-bats from the Padres.

There were the season-high 20 hits the team had in Sunday's loss to the Rockies. And then Monday, there were 10 hits in an 11-inning loss to the Dodgers.

But it's not just the sheer production and better at-bats throughout the lineup -- one through eight -- that have impressed Plantier the most during the Padres' second-half uprising, especially during the month of August, when the team was 18-10.

It's the improved confidence more than anything, he said.

"Overall, the guys' expectation of themselves is better than it was earlier in the season," Plantier said. "And it's allowed them to string together more quality at-bats."