An in-depth review of the San Diego Padres 2020 schedule

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 27: Manny Machado #13 congratulates Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 after his two-run home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 during the fifth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on July 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 27: Manny Machado #13 congratulates Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 after his two-run home run by Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 during the fifth inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants at PETCO Park on July 27, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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On Monday, MLB released the San Diego Padres schedule, and they will open at home against the Diamondbacks. How does the rest look?

After the league implemented a 60-game schedule, all that was left was for the players to report to Spring Training 2.0 and get a grasp of what their 2020 schedule might look like. We already knew that the San Diego Padres would be playing 40 games within their division, with the remaining 20 games coming against AL West foes.

And with the luxury of no fans in attendance this year, the MLB could get creative with their game times. For me, I am on Central time, so those 9 o’clock start times and midnight final scores on the back end can wear after a while. So naturally, when the schedule was first released, that was one aspect that I immediately checked.

A couple of hours before the full schedule was released, news leaked that the Padres would be hosting the Diamondbacks in their first series. And here’s how the rest of the schedule looks. All times are in Pacific Standard Time.

July

July 24-27: Diamondbacks

July 28-30: @ SF Giants

July 31-Aug 2: @ Rockies

July offers the potential for a promising start for the Padres. Despite no fans in attendance, you best believe the Padres will be amped at home and hope to get off on the right foot against the Diamondbacks. Then they travel on the road against two teams that finished under .500 last season.

August

August 3-5: LA Dodgers

August 6: OFF DAY

August 7-9: Diamondbacks

August 10-13: @ LA Dodgers

August 14-16: @ Diamondbacks

August 17-18: @ Rangers

August 19-20: Rangers

August 21-23: Astros

August 24: OFF DAY

August 25-27: Mariners

August 28-31: @ Rockies

The middle of August figures to be the most challenging part of the Padres schedule with consecutive series against the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rangers, and Astros. They do have the advantage of having two off days mixed in there, but this part of the schedule will make or break the Padres’ postseason dreams. I do find it odd that MLB is trying to limit travel, yet they schedule a two-and-two series against the Rangers with two in Texas followed immediately by two at Petco.

September

September 1: OFF DAY

September 2-3: @ LA Angels

September 4-6: @ Athletics

September 7-9: Rockies

September 10-13: SF Giants

September 14-16: LA Dodgers

September 17: OFF DAY

September 18-20: @ Mariners

September 21: OFF DAY

September 22-23: LA Angels

September 24: OFF DAY

September 25-27: @ SF Giants

Four off days in September. Holy smokes. The schedule also appears to generally be favorable for the Padres. After two tough series on the road in Los Angeles (Angels) and Oakland, the Padres return home for a long homestand against the Rockies, Giants, and Dodgers with an off day on the back end to boot.

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Then they finish up against three teams that finished under .500 last season with two more off days sprinkled in. How are we feeling about the schedule?

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