How May looks for the Diamondbacks

By Christopher Gaine
Chip Hale (3) greeting David Peralta (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports)
Chip Hale (3) greeting David Peralta (Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports) /

After an up-and-down April the Diamondbacks will now turn their attention towards May– where they have a favorable schedule based on 2016 records. But this is subject to change.

The coming month will feature 22 games against teams at or below.500. They will have series against the Rockies, Marlins, Braves, Giants, Yankees, Padres and Astros, who all have losing records right now.

Based solely on the way these teams played in April, the Diamondbacks have a pretty easy schedule. However, they will be facing four teams that made the playoffs last year: The Yankees, Cardinals, Pirates and Astros. So it is completely possible that some of these teams will reverse their fortunes when it comes time to play the Diamondbacks.

But the Diamondbacks will not be playing a single team that dominated April in May. Their four-game series against the Giants is their only one against a first-place team and they will play no team that is more than five games over .500.

The Diamondbacks will, however, play 13 home games and 14 road games– including a nine-game road trip with stops in Miami, Atlanta and Colorado to start the month. But after that, the Diamondbacks will play 12 of their final 18 games of the month at Chase Field. This bodes well, especially considering that the Diamondbacks will be playing some bad teams– like Miami and Atlanta– in their most extended road trip of the month.

This is an important month for Arizona, who will need this month to prove who they are as they come into the summer. They were considered a Wild Card possibility before A.J. Pollock got hurt; it remains to be seen if that is still the case. May could be a good litmus test for this question.