Petco Park in downtown San Diego.
Petco Park in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

As the Padres get set to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game series at Petco Park that begins Monday night, the team has a little something to cheer about. And it could be a sign of even better things to come. Well, maybe.

The Padres drew 158,767 to Petco for the season’s first four home games that began March 28 in a series against the San Francisco Giants. Daily average attendance was 39,692, which was a 7,650 bump over the team’s average attendance after the first four home games in 2018 (32,042).

The Padres also took a series win over the Giants, which started with a victory that broke a four-season Opening Day dry spell and ended with much-hyped Padres pitcher Chris Paddack grabbing the prize Sunday in his big league debut.

As the Padres readied for Monday night’s D-backs game, the front office announced the pick-up of 26-year-old right-hander Matt Wisler in a trade with the Reds in exchange for right-hander Diomar Lopez.

Wisler was selected by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2011 MLB Draft and once ranked among San Diego’s top prospects.

Maybe it’s a sign?

–Staff