In a short season, the implications of early-season games for the San Diego Padres become even more crucial — especially in the division.
The San Diego Padres have certainly gotten off to a good start and would be a playoff team with the extended postseason if the season ended today.
But the coming week will tell us a lot more about this team and their chances of making any noise during the 2020 season.
This weekend they host the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games. San Diego started the season by taking three-of-four over the snakes at home.
Arizona currently finds themselves in last place in the NL West and the Padres have a chance to bury them in this short season with six games against them over the next week.
After hosting Arizona this weekend they play three more against them the following weekend, ending their season against Arizona.
If the Padres can win four of those six games you’d have to think that would be all she wrote for the Diamondbacks with just a month-and-a-half left.
In between those two series with the Diamondbacks, the Padres have for more games against the Dodgers in LA.
While the Dodgers got the better of the Padres in San Diego, it was a very competitive series and proved to me that this team is ready to contend for the division.
They can prove that even further by going to LA and at least earning a four-game split in that series.
But the other reason this upcoming week is so important is because we’ll be halfway through August and just two weeks before the trade deadline.
After this next week or so teams will have to start determining where they stand and whether or not they want to go for it in 2020.
And once that’s decided we could start hearing some trade rumors with who might be available.
I think the Padres are a team that will certainly be pushing to make the postseason this year, and I think they could make a couple of small trades to help them get there.
Every game, every week is crucial in this short season. But I think the one ahead could go a long way in determining how the rest of 2020 plays out.