May 31st, maybe the greatest date in Padres history

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The Gaslamp Ballmanac has taught us much about baseball. Most importantly that today is the winningest date in Padres history. At least for dates that have had more than 4 games. Look here. Here's the top 5 dates as ranked by winning percentage ( the entire list):

Top 5 dates by Winning %

Date

Wins

Games

Win %

Mar 31

3

4

75

May 31

30

42

71.43

Oct 6

2

3

66.67

Aug 10

27

43

62.79

Jun 23

25

40

62.5

The Padres have played a game on May 31st every year since their inception in 1969 except for last year, 2012, and 1984. I was kind of thrown off because the Padres have played 42 times on May 31st but didn't play on the date twice. How can that be? Well sometimes I forget that teams used to play double headers, like they did in 1971. Anyway, they've won 71.43% of those 42 games. It's the only date where the team has won 30 games.

Early on, the Padres' record wasn't so great, but in 1976 the Padres started a 9 season winning streak that took them to1985. They lost the game in 1986 then won another 6 season in a row. Currently the Padres are on a 7 season win streak dating back to 2005.

You're probably wondering what will happen today. Well since you obviously haven't been paying attention here's a spoiler... they win, bitches.

Padres games played on May 31st

Year

Outcome

Opponent

Home/Away

Runs

Runs Against

Difference

1969

W

MON

@

6

2

4

1970

L

CHC

@

4

7

-3

1971

W

PHI


6

3

3

1971

L

PHI


1

3

-2

1972

L

ATL

@

4

5

-1

1974

L

STL

@

0

5

-5

1975

L

NYM

@

2

7

-5

1976

W

ATL

@

10

7

3

1977

W

SFG

@

4

2

2

1978

W

LAD

@

3

1

2

1979

W

ATL


3

1

2

1980

W

CIN


7

5

2

1981

W

ATL


5

1

4

1982

W

CHC

@

9

7

2

1983

W

MON


5

3

2

1985

W

NYM


4

3

1

1986

L

PHI

@

0

1

-1

1987

W

NYM


1

0

1

1988

W

PHI

@

8

0

8

1989

W

PHI


2

1

1

1990

W

ATL


2

1

1

1991

W

HOU


5

4

1

1992

W

STL

@

10

0

10

1993

L

ATL

@

1

2

-1

1994

W

PIT


15

5

10

1995

L

NYM

@

5

7

-2

1996

W

PHI

@

4

2

2

1997

W

HOU

@

12

5

7

1998

W

STL


7

3

4

1999

L

MIL

@

2

8

-6

2000

W

MIL


9

5

4

2001

L

HOU


4

8

-4

2002

L

MIL


1

12

-11

2003

W

ARI


8

7

1

2004

L

COL


1

7

-6

2005

W

MIL


8

4

4

2006

W

COL


3

2

1

2007

W

PIT

@

4

2

2

2008

W

SFG

@

5

1

4

2009

W

COL

@

5

2

3

2010

W

NYM


18

6

12

2011

W

ATL

@

5

4

1

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