The San Diego Padres have released their schedule for 2015. Opening Day will see the team in Los Angeles, taking on the Dodgers for a 3-game series beginning on Monday, April 6.
Opening Day at Petco Park will be on April 9 against the San Francisco Giants. After opening the season on the road against LA, the Padres return home for a 7-game homestand, opening with four games against the Giants and then three against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
That means the first 10 games of the season are all within driving distance for fans living in San Diego.
Interleague play will feature teams from the AL West. Games at Petco Park will showcase the Houston Astros (April), Oakland A’s (May), Seattle Mariners (May-June), and Texas Rangers (September). The Padres will travel to Seattle, Los Angeles (Angels), Oakland, and Texas for contests against American League clubs.
If the Padres are in contention for a playoff berth, this schedule looks very favorable. Of the final 48 games, 30 will be played in San Diego, including 17 of 26 games in September. If A.J. Preller is able to build a contender by next year, these late home games in a pennant race can provide a big emotional boost to the team.
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All those home games late in the season mean, of course, that the club will be on the road a lot earlier in the year. The worst stretch is between June 4 and July 12, when the Padres will play only 10 games at home while playing 25 on the road. Right after this difficult stretch, however, is the All-Star break, so our boys will have an opportunity to rest up and visit with their families (or, hopefully, play in the All-Star Game) before taking up the second half of the season.
The schedule finishes with an 8-game homestand against the Giants, D-Backs, and culminates with a 2-game set against the Brewers. The final game will be September 30.
Keep the Faith.