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August Could Be Key Month Towards Playoff Push

It all comes down to August, if you ask me.

While the trade deadline often brings up the typical “winner’s and loser’s” conversation, it’s also the beginning of the end of the season. There is now less than 60 games in the season and the Padres are still hanging onto their lead like Dan Gilbert holds onto a grudge. But this time, there’s really only one team within immediate striking distance. The Dodgers and Rockies have fallen behind the Giants and Padres quite a bit, and it’s looking more and more like a two-team race. And if you ask me, that race could be decided by September 1.

In August, the Padres finish up the current series with the Dodgers, then play against Arizona, Pittsburg, San Francisco, Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee, Arizona, Philadelphia and Arizona in that order. Already, you can probably see how favorable that is. But to put it in perspective, those teams have a combined record of 421-533. 

While the Padres hope to feast on the NL’s bottom-feeders, the Giants play Colorado, Atlanta, Chicago (Cubs), San Diego, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Arizona and Colorado. Those nine teams have a combined record of 494-456.

Really, that says it all. San Diego has been very good against teams below .500 this season and August will provide the Padres with a whole month to add to their division lead.

It’s been interesting watching the Padres this season, but after looking at the upcoming schedules, I do, for the first time, believe the Padres will win the NL West. Of course, the Rockies could always make a run, but they’ve still got some room to make up. Besides, regardless of the strength of each team’s schedule, the Padres just seem to win. And not that I’m trying to bring a disliked figure – particularly in San Diego – into this, but what is it that Al Davis says? “Just win, baby.”

Shouldn’t be too difficult this month for the Friars.

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