Padres-Mets 2022 Wild Card Collection Sport 1 FAQ

October 7, 2022
Padres-Mets 2022 Wild Card Collection Sport 1 FAQ

NEW YORK — Sixty years after the Mets entered the Nationwide League as an growth staff, and 53 years after the Padres joined them, the golf equipment will meet within the postseason for the primary time.

They’re groups with apparent similarities, together with their dynamic rotations and back-end bullpen expertise, but in addition a number of notable variations. Whereas the Mets stayed comparatively quiet on the Commerce Deadline, the Padres had been the sport’s most lively staff, making over their roster with the acquisitions of Juan Soto and Josh Hader.

Finally, neither staff may overcome the juggernauts inside their very own divisions — for the Mets, the defending World Collection-champion Braves; for the Padres, the 111-win Dodgers. However each golf equipment stay gifted and harmful in an October setting.

“They’re a very good staff,” Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo stated of the Padres. “They clearly improved through the Commerce Deadline. It looks as if it took just a little bit for them possibly to mesh or come collectively as that new staff, however they’ve actually good gamers, actually good pitchers. It’s not going to be simple by any stretch of the phrase.”

San Diego took 4 of six from the Mets through the common season, successful each collection, although as Nimmo famous, that shouldn’t imply a lot come October. As a substitute, this best-of-three Wild Card Collection will doubtless come right down to which rotation cracks first, because the Mets and Padres every line up three of the NL’s high pitchers at Citi Subject.

Right here’s a primer for the way issues will unfold:

When is the sport and the way can I watch it? 
Sport 1: Friday, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, ESPN
Sport 2: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, ESPN
Sport 3 (if needed): Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT, ESPN

All video games will happen in Queens as a result of the Mets completed with a greater report than the Padres and are the NL’s No. 4 seed. The Padres are the No. 5 seed. ESPN will broadcast the video games with a staff of Karl Ravech, David Cone, Eduardo Pérez and Buster Olney. Within the occasion that the Rays-Guardians Wild Card Collection ends in two video games, Sunday’s sport will transfer to 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

What are the beginning lineups?
Padres: The 2 greatest questions for the Padres come at designated hitter and in heart area. In opposition to a trio of robust right-handers, the Padres would presumably lean towards Josh Bell over Wil Myers, regardless that Myers has been swinging a warmer bat of late. In heart, it’s one thing of a tossup. Trent Grisham has struggled on the plate, however José Azocar doesn’t supply a lot in opposition to right-handed pitching. Myers is a risk, however the Padres would nearly actually prioritize protection in what they determine might be a low-scoring collection.

Mets: Starling Marte might be within the lineup for the primary time since Sept. 6 after he was hit by on the proper center finger on a Mitch Keller pitch. The 33-year-old slugger will bat sixth and begin in proper. 

Right here is the Sport 1 lineup.

Who’re the beginning pitchers? 
Padres: No formal announcement for a doable Sport 3, nevertheless it appears extremely unlikely the Padres would tinker with their rotation alignment on the final minute. That ought to line up this trio:

Mets: Max Scherzer would be the Mets’ Sport 1 starter on Friday. The Mets haven’t introduced the remainder of their rotation, however Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt will begin Video games 2 and three in some order.

Supervisor Buck Showalter has hinted that if the Mets lose Sport 1, deGrom will pitch Sport 2, but when the Mets win, it will likely be Bassitt. The good thing about that technique is that if the Mets sweep, the staff would have deGrom able to go for Video games 1 and 5 of the NL Division Collection on common relaxation, permitting them to make use of their two aces for 3 of the 5 Division Collection video games.

How will the bullpens line up after the starter? 
Padres: The rotation has been a little bit of a throwback this season, in that their starters have usually pitched six or seven innings, and nearly all the time nicely into the third time by means of the order. Ideally, the Padres would get a deep begin from Darvish, then hand the ball to Robert Suarez and/or Luis García because the bridge to Hader. Nick Martinez may also see high-leverage aid innings, and Tim Hill would be the weapon in opposition to robust left-handers.

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Mets: The Mets will attempt to allocate as many outs as doable to nearer Edwin Díaz and high setup man Adam Ottavino, each of whom obtained ample relaxation down the stretch. The extra vital difficulty is one the Mets by no means solved through the common season: Who will pitch to a tricky lefty equivalent to Soto in a giant spot? Lefties Joely Rodríguez and David Peterson are each choices, as is right-hander Seth Lugo, who options reverse platoon splits (each this season and for his profession). The Mets may additionally ask Díaz to face Soto if the sport is on the road within the seventh or eighth. He doesn’t essentially have to shut.

Any accidents of notice?
Padres: The Padres have managed to remain injury-free (except for the absences of relievers Drew Pomeranz and Austin Adams, who haven’t been obtainable all season anyway). One lingering concern, nonetheless: Mike Clevinger was scratched from his begin on Wednesday with an sickness. He cleared COVID protocols after two damaging exams and is scheduled to affix the staff on Friday. Nevertheless it’s unclear if his standing as a long-relief possibility on the Wild Card Collection roster is now in jeopardy.

Elsewhere on the roster, deGrom handled a blister difficulty throughout his final begin however seems to be nice heading into the playoffs. Lastly, Ruf has been on the injured checklist attributable to a stiff neck, however he’s obtainable if the Mets wish to carry him on the roster.

In the meantime, Bell has struggled since primarily his arrival in San Diego (however the Padres want his switch-hitting energy bat of their lineup, so he’ll nearly actually play). In heart area, each Grisham and Azocar have struggled over the previous month — Grisham specifically.

Mets: Escobar was the Nationwide League Participant of the Month in September due to a efficiency that noticed him drive in 24 runs in 26 video games. He cooled a bit within the early days of October, however he has three extra-base hits in 17 profession at-bats in opposition to Darvish. The most well liked Mets hitter is both Nimmo (who enters the playoffs using a five-game hitting streak with residence runs in consecutive video games) or McNeil (who hit .465 over his closing 10 video games to win the Main League batting title.)

Though the Mets have obtained a bit extra manufacturing in latest weeks from Nido and Vogelbach, the catching and DH positions stay clear lineup weaknesses. James McCann was in a 1-for-29 droop earlier than homering within the season finale; he dangers ceding a lot of the postseason catching work to Nido.

Anything I ought to know? 
• Soto is again at Citi Subject, the place he has posted a profession .350/.464/.709 slash line. On high of that, he’s set to face Scherzer, with whom he helped win the 2019 World Collection with the Nationals. Stated Soto of that matchup: “It’s going to be fairly enjoyable — and extra now that I’ve confronted him a pair occasions. … However I do know it’s a special Max Scherzer in October.”

• If Marte cannot seem within the collection, the Mets will miss him for a lot of causes, together with his success in opposition to San Diego’s finest pitchers. Mixed, Marte is 18-for-47 (.383) with 4 homers, a triple and two doubles in opposition to Darvish, Snell, Musgrove and Hader.

• Though neither the Mets nor the Padres are snapping vital postseason droughts, the Mets haven’t gained a postseason sport since they reached the World Collection in 2015. The Padres have gained simply three postseason video games for the reason that flip of the century, whereas the Mets have superior previous the Division Collection solely as soon as previously 16 years.