We take a quick look at the top five series for the San Diego Padres after the 2021 season schedule was released earlier this week.
Hopefully we get a normal 2021 season. And if we do, we now know what that season will look like for the San Diego Padres.
It was a bit odd for Major League Baseball to release the 2021 schedule now after just releasing the shortened 2020 schedule.
You would have thought they’d want to break-up those news releases, but these are crazy times we live in.
Assuming fans are able to attend games again next year, we’ll look at the five series you’ll want to mark on our calendar as games you must go to.
And we’ll skip Opening Day as that one is pretty obvious. But the Padres do start the season at home playing the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 1.
San Diego will match up with the American League West again in 2021. I’m not sure if MLB is just being lazy or they’re still trying limit travel, but it seems pretty strange to have the two divisions matchup in back-to-back seasons.
Get your trash cans ready. The Houston Astros will come to Petco Park September 3-5, so if you’re still really mad at those cheaters that will be your chance to ridicule them publicly.
But besides that, they have a lot of really good baseball players to watch.
Trout Fishin.’ Any time you get a chance to watch the best player in the world in person, you have to take advantage. For those living in San Diego, it’s not that big of a deal. But in 2021 you get to see your favorite team play Mike Trout four times.
The Padres will play Trout and the Angeles in Anaheim August 27-28 and then at Petco September 7-8.
If you’re planning a long road trip to San Diego, September 3-8 would be a really great time to do so with the Astros and Angels in town.
Ballpark enthusiast. If you love visiting ballparks you’ve never been to before, then April 10-11 will be a chance for you to see the Padres play at the new stadium in Arlington, Texas as they play two games against the Rangers.
Taming the Snakes. It’s very likely that the Padres will be battling with the Arizona Diamondbacks for a playoff spot in 2021 and the two teams play seven times in a 10-day stretch in August in what will likely decide the fate of those teams.
August 6-8 they play three times at Petco and then August 12-15 they play a four-game series in Arizona.
Taking Down the Big Dogs. If the Padres hope to go into September with any shot at winning the division then they’ll need to take down the Dodgers in their final home series against them August 24-26.
They play the Dodgers six more times in September but all of those games are in LA. That’s why the series in August is so critical to set themselves up to at least have a chance in September.
Here’s to hoping the 2021 season goes as planned and we get all these games in with fans able to attend. Let us know the games you’re looking forward to the most in the comments below.