In August the San Diego Padres will play 13 straight games against their biggest competition in the NL West.
They start the month of August finishing off a series with the Rockies. With us giving them a win in the first game of that series we’ll say they split the last two.
And then comes the gauntlet that is the middle of August.
It starts with three games at home against the Dodgers, and then three at home against the Diamondbacks.
Then they go on the road for four in LA and three in Arizona, finishing off what might be the most important stretch of the season.
In order for the Padres to have a real chance in the NL West they can’t lose more than seven games in this stretch.
That would be a losing record over these 13 games, but it would still keep their chances alive with a much easier month of September.
Let’s think optimistically and say they actually have a winning record through this stretch and go 7-6.
But it doesn’t get much easier after that as they play four games against the Texas Ranges who have a solid pitching staff, and then three at home against the Houston Astros.
They’ll need to go at least 4-3 over that stretch and then finish the month strong with series wins against the Seattle Mariners and Rockies.
August Record: 17-12