The 2013 season for the San Diego Padres has technically been over for a while. Having lon gbeen out of a playoff spot, the Pads currently sit 18 games out of the division race, and 14.5 games out of the wild card, making their official playoff chances virtually zero.
However, they will be a team to watch down the stretch, simply because they have an opportunity to impact what the playoff picture in the National League ends up looking like. The Padres will match up against contenders, both NL West and otherwise, multiple times throughout the month of September.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are clinging to life in the race for the division crown, and still find themselves in the hunt for the NL Wild Card. Having just wrapped up a series with the Diamondbacks, the Padres will meet their division rivals four more times in the month of September
They’ll also play the Los Angeles Dodgers five more times before the season is over, including the final two of the weekend series that they’re currently locked in. Another contender they’ll meet up with is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who they’ll meet for a four-game set in the middle of the month, in addition to the Atlanta Braves.
The Padres may not have a lot of say in who actually makes the playoffs. Though they play the Dodgers several times, they’re not likely going to knock them out of contention for the division crown. However, they could have some say in the actual seeding that takes place in the National League.
While the Padres won’t get the opportunity to appear in the postseason, they’re going to have at least some sort of say in what the playoff picture looks like. They may not be knocking teams out of contention, but they’ll impact who could end up going on the road when the postseason rolls around.