San Diego Padres: How the West Will Be Won in 2020

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 2: A member of the Pad Squad holds up a banner after the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park on May 2, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 2: A member of the Pad Squad holds up a banner after the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies at PETCO Park on May 2, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** /
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San Diego Padres Kirby Yates and Austin Hedges stole the show along with Luis Urías in series win
Pitcher Kirby Yates #39 fist bumps catcher Austin Hedges #18. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Again, teams can’t afford to get off to a slow start so these first eight games in July will go a long in determining how the San Diego Padres do in 2020.

Normally people will make the excuse that wins at the beginning of the season aren’t as important as wins at the end, which is preposterous, but that’s certainly not the case in a 60-game season where every game counts and has to be managed like a playoff game.

July Schedule

Not that homefield advantage will mean much in 2020, but it’s certainly better than playing on the road.

And the Padres get the advantage of starting the season at home against perhaps some of their stiffest competition in the NL West in the Arizona Diamondbacks.

A lot of people liked what the Diamondbacks did this offseason and picked them to finish ahead of the Padres in the NL West.

The Padres have a chance to make a huge statement right out of the game by winning this four-game series.

And they travel up the coast to San Francisco for a three-game series against the Giants.

These are the types of series that the Padres can’t afford to lose in 2020. This has to be at least an easy two wins.

Finally, the wrap up the first month of the season with a road game against the Colorado Rockies.

They an interesting team that has the pieces to be good, but it’s still a team the Padres need to take advantage of.

July Record: 6-2

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