Through 15 in '15: Tracking the Padres' offense

Through 15 in '15: Tracking the Padres' offense

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

How much have the Padres improved over the past year?

With the help of media relations coordinator Patrick Kurish, we can compare some statistics from the first 15 games of 2015 to some stats from '14.

Overall offense: The Padres are hitting .286 as a team, with a .335 on-base percentage and a .444 slugging percentage. San Diego leads the National League in runs scored (80), hits (154) and batting average, and it ranks second in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (.779).

The Padres are averaging 5.33 runs per game.

Through 15 games in 2014, the Padres had scored 44 runs, or 2.93 runs per game. And in April of '14, San Diego scored a total of 74 runs in 28 games -- or six fewer than the club has already scored in 15 games this season.

As a team, the Padres hit .226 last season, with a .292 on-base percentage and a .342 slugging percentage while averaging 3.3 runs per game.

First-inning offense: Despite going down in order in the first inning Tuesday night at Colorado, the Padres are hitting .343 with six doubles, a triple, two homers and 16 runs in the first inning of their first 15 games.

San Diego has a .365 on-base percentage in the first inning, with a .552 slugging percentage.

The Padres scored an NL-low 62 first-inning runs in 2014, with a first-inning batting average of .228 -- also the worst mark in the Major Leagues.

Offense vs. left-handed pitchers: The Padres are hitting .359 (51-for-142) against left-handed pitchers to lead the Majors in that category, with 14 doubles, a triple and two homers. They have a .414 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers.

Last season, San Diego was the worst in the Major Leagues against left-handed pitchers in batting average (.220), on-base percentage (.289) and slugging percentage (.326).

Worth noting: The Padres' 10-5 record is the third best in franchise history after 15 games. They also have 37 two-out RBIs in their first 15 games.

Notes from the scorebook

• The Padres have five players who have reached base in 13 games this season -- Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Will Middlebrooks and Yonder Alonso. No other team has more than two players who have reached base in 13 games.

• Middlebrooks extended his hitting streak to seven games Tuesday with the first two-hit game of the streak. Middlebrooks is 8-for-28 during the streak, with two doubles, a triple and two home runs for seven RBIs and five runs.

• Kemp is 8-for-20 with a double, a homer, seven RBIs and six runs in a five-game hitting streak.

• Myers is hitting .313 out of the leadoff spot this season, with six doubles, a homer, 10 RBIs and 14 runs.

• Alonso has reached base in all but one of his first 14 games. He has reached base 26 times, an average of 1.86 times a game.