The San Diego Padres will be in a New York state of mind to begin the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The Padres will open the 2022 Major League Baseball playoffs by facing the New York Mets in a best of 3-game National League Wildcard series. All 3 games will be played at Citi Field in Queens, New York.
Game 1 is Friday in New York, the Mets are expected to start Jacob deGrom on the mound, while the Padres will counter with Yu Darvish. It's a marvelous mound matchup between 2 of baseball's best pitchers for the past few seasons.
DeGrom, who missed substantial time this season due to a shoulder injruy, is 5-4 with a 3.08 era. Darvish is 16-8 with a 3.10 era.
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The two teams played 6 times this season, with the Padres winning 4 of the games. San Diego outscored the Mets 36-23 in those 6 games.
San Diego clinched the match up with the Mets by beating the Giants Tuesday night at Petco Park.
Padres pitcher Sean Manaea threw 6 scoreless innings of 1 hit ball and the Padres offense backed their starting pitcher with some early run support.
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San Diego scored 1 run in the 3rd inning on a Manny Machado RBI single, then added 4 runs in the 6th inning for a 5-0 lead.
Padre relievers were not as good as Manaea, but they were good enough to hold the lead, allowing 2 runs in the final 3 innings.
Leading 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th, Wil Myers capped the Padres scoring with a solo home run to left center extending the lead to 6-2.
The Padres conclude the regular season Wednesday at Petco Park with a 1:10pm game against the Giants.
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