The Mets have won 100 games in a season for the fourth time in franchise history, but it’s still not enough to win the National League East, which means as many as three extra games in the NL wild-card series The playoffs await them.
As the No. 4 seed in the National League, the Mets will host each of the three best-of-three series at Citi Field, where they will welcome the San Diego Padres, who are second in the NL West behind dominating Los Angeles. The Dodgers had their best season since 2010.
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2022 NL Wild Card Series: Mets vs Padres schedule, how to watch
|3 (if necessary)||7:37pm*||ESPN|
*If the series between the Cleveland Guardians and the Tampa Bay Rays ends in two games, Game 3 could be moved to 4 p.m.
How did they get here?
The Mets held the No. 1 spot in the NL East for 175 days, including extending their lead to 10.5 games in June thanks to strong pitching and a just-in-time offense that thrived in the modern version of small ball. But the No. 2 Atlanta Braves ran hot for the final five months of the season, eventually catching up with the Mets by sweeping Atlanta in their penultimate series of the season. If the Mets do better on their September speaking schedule, they’ll likely see their seventh-ever division title and NLDS bye.
The Padres also got off to a hot start, and they stayed in touch with the Dodgers in late June. But they are 45-44 out of the NL West in their last 99 games, despite their hard work at the trade deadline, acquiring the likes of Juan Soto and Josh Hader. Like the Mets, San Diego has an imposing team of pitchers that can be very dangerous if the right lineup is found.
How will the Mets adjust their pitching?
New York’s top three starting pitchers are a foregone conclusion, led by Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Chris Bassitt. The question will come down to how manager Buck Showalter will adjust them. Either Scherzer or deGrom is expected to start Game 1, but that result could affect the Mets going forward. A win could start Bassett’s hopeful sweep, allowing DeGrom or Scherzer (who didn’t start Game 1) to start the NLDS.
Can the Mets find Yu Darvish?
San Diego will likely start with Yu Darvish in Game 1 against the Mets, a team he has had a lot of success with throughout his career. In eight starts, he went 5-0 with a 2.56 ERA and 58 strikeouts while only 9 walks in 52.2 innings. Two of those starts were this year, and he allowed just six hits and 15 strikeouts in 14 innings.
What version of Juan Soto will we see?
The baseball world nearly collapsed when the Washington Nationals traded Juan Soto (arguably the best young hitter in the game) to the Padres at the deadline. This should be the big acquisition that sets them apart. Instead, the 23-year-old is hitting just .240 with a .790 OPS, six homers and 16 RBIs in 51 games with his new team. Regardless, his presence on the San Diego lineup would be a dangerous one considering what he did in the playoffs three years ago, when he hit 3 home runs and 7 RBIs during the World Series. out 0.333.
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