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  W: A. Morejon (5-1)   L: S. Miller (0-1)   S: J. Hader (36)
6:40 PM PT7:40 PM MT8:40 PM CT9:40 PM ET21:40 ET1:40 GMT9:40 6:40 PM MST8:40 PM EST9:10 PM VEN5:40 UAE (+1)7:40 PM CT, October 3, 2022
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 31,687

Playoff pairing still in flux for Padres as they host Giants

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San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres

  1. San Diego is on a five-game winning streak against San Francisco, its second streak of that length in 2022. It is the first time the Padres have ever had multiple win streaks of at least five games against the Giants in the same season.
  2. The Giants are 11-2 over their last 13 games with all those games coming against divisional opponents. Despite the recent run, San Francisco's season record of 32-41 (.438) against the NL West would be the club's second-worst record over the last 15 seasons (ahead of only 2017, .382).
  3. Mike Yastrzemski leads the Giants in runs scored with 73 despite having a batting average of .213. He would be the second Giants player ever to score 70+ runs while hitting sub-.220 for a season, joining Art Whitney, who did so for the New York Giants in 1889.
  4. The Padres have scored 117 more runs on the road (404) than at home (287) this season. San Diego will need 13 runs in the series to avoid being the fifth MLB team since 1901 to finish a season with 400+ runs on the road and less than 300 at home.
  5. Ha-Seong Kim hit his 11th home run of the season on Sunday, giving him one more than fellow countryman Ji-Man Choi for most by a Korean MLB player this season. Kim is also the first Asian-born player to ever hit double-digit home runs in a single season for the Padres.
  6. Shelby Miller has 13 strikeouts and no walks or runs allowed in his three career appearances for the Giants. He joins Rich Hill (LAD, 2016) and Von McDaniel (StL, 1957) as the only pitchers in the last 100 years to have that many Ks and zero walks or runs in their first three career games with an NL team.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 10/3/2022 thru 10/5/2022

The Padres are in the playoffs. The Padres are in the playoffs.

Despite losing for the fourth time in six straight home games Sunday, San Diego clinched its first full-season playoff berth since 2006 when the Milwaukee Brewers lost. They still have work to do, however, as they begin a three-game home series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday to conclude the regular season.

Now, the Padres will partake in a baseball version of "Let's Make A Deal."

As it stands now, the Padres (87-72) hold a one-game lead over Philadelphia in the race for the second National League wild card berth. The second wild card will play the loser of the New York Mets-Atlanta Braves battle for the National League East title. The No. 3 wild card will play National League Central champion St. Louis.

All of the Padres' best-of-three, first-round wild card series will be on the road. The question is, would the Padres rather open at St. Louis, which goes into the season's final three games with a 92-67 record? Or would they rather start at the New York Mets (98-61) or the defending World Series champion Braves (100-59).

The Braves send the Mets into the No. 1 wild card spot with one more win. However, the Phillies haven't clinched the second wild card berth. They need one more win (or Brewers loss). And since the Phillies hold a 4-3 season series edge on the Padres, they would end up with the No. 2 seed if the Phillies and Padres tie.

So, what will the Padres want to do as the series with the Giants opens Monday with right-hander Joe Musgrove (10-7, 3.03 ERA) starting for the Padres against Giants' right-hander John Brebbia (6-2, 3.14), who will be making his 10th start as an "opener" in a season that has seen him work in 74 games, which ties him for the most in the National League.

The Padres are 11-5 thus far against the Giants thus far this season -- a record that includes a pair of back-to-back series sweeps in San Francisco. The Padres hadn't swept the Giants are their home field since 2016.

"We'd love to get back at them at their place to finish the season," Giants manager Gabe Kapler said of the Padres after the second sweep in August.

Meantime, Padres manager Bob Melvin was in a "thank you" mood during the Padres' postgame celebration.

"Success is always more meaningful when it's been difficult ... and this has been a season of a lot of ups and downs," Melvin said. "And it's great to be able to share this moment at home with our fans, because they have been tremendous and behind us every step of the way."

Melvin said he would announce his playoff plans in a couple of days, but Musgrove figures to be in line to start the decisive rubber-match of the wild-card round if the series goes three games.

Musgrove will be facing the Giants for the fifth time this season. He is 2-0 against San Francisco with a 1.30 ERA and a .151 opponents' batting average. He has held the Giants to four runs on 14 hits and nine walks with 25 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. The Padres are 4-0 when Musgrove starts against the Giants this season and 18-11 overall in his starts.

His career record against the Giants is 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 11 starts.

Brebbia worked one inning in each of his nine starts and has yet to give up a run. He has a 1.80 ERA in five relief appearances against the Padres, and in his career, he is 0-1 with a 2.81 ERA in 13 relief appearances.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 3, 2022

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