In 2012, the San Diego Padres struggled through a miserable first two months of the season. With only seven wins in April and 10 more in May, their record at the end of May stood at 17-35. Mired in the abyss of the NL West, 15.5 games out of first, even a vastly improved second half couldn't lift them out of the pit and back to the light of .500.
What does this May hold for the Friars? For starters, very little divisional play. Six games versus the Arizona Diamondbacks is all there is, three at home, starting tonight, and three in Phoenix. The Padres took 11 of 18 meetings vs Arizona last season.
May features a total of 10 interleague games, starting in Tampa Bay on May 10 with three against Evan Longoria (pictured above) and the Tampa Bay Rays. San Diego is 6-6 all-time vs the Rays, 6-3 at Tampa Bay.
In addition to slugger Longoria, the Rays feature Matt Moore, one of the best starters in the game right now, with a 5-0 record and miniscule 1.13 ERA; Fernando Rodney, one of the best closers in baseball; and David Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner.
After Tampa Bay, the Padres take on the Baltimore Orioles in a mini, two-game set at Camden Yards. It will be just the second time they have visited Baltimore, the first being in 2002, when the Orioles took 2 of 3. San Diego is 4-5 all-time vs the O's.
The annual home and away series with the Seattle Mariners continues, but with a little twist. The first two of their four consecutive games, from the 27th to the 30th, are in Seattle, the latter two in San Diego. The Padres are 41-45 all-time vs the Mariners, 5-1 in 2012.
The last day of the month sees the Toronto Blue Jays come flying into Petco Park for three games, in what will be only the third series between the two clubs. Strangely enough, the Padres have never played in Toronto, and are 2-4 all-time vs the Blue Jays.
Three of last season's playoff teams grace the Padres' schedule this month. In addition to the two games with the Orioles, the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals both pay visits to San Diego in back-to-back series. Tampa Bay narrowly missed the postseason in 2012.
One interesting sidenote is the question of who will DH for the Padres when they play in AL cities. Jesus Guzman and Carlos Quentin seem to be the likely candidates.
Let me hear from you, Padre fans. Where will they be come the end of May–staring up out of the endless hole, soaring with the Big Boys, or somewhere in between? Log in and sound off, we want to hear from you! And be sure to vote in the fan poll here at Padres 101, and like us on Facebook.Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, David Price, Evan Longoria, Fernando Rodney, Matt Moore, MLB, San Diego, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals