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Playoff Gameday Thread, #3: And then, there was one...

Three of the four wild-card games ended in sweeps

American League Wild Card Series: Tampa Bay Rays v. Cleveland Guardians Photo by Ben Jackson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Padres @ Mets, 4:37 p.m., ESPN - series tied 1-1

Today's Lineups

Jurickson Profar - LF Brandon Nimmo - CF
Juan Soto - RF Starling Marte - RF
Manny Machado - 3B Francisco Lindor - SS
Josh Bell - DH Pete Alonso - 1B
Jake Cronenworth - 2B Jeff McNeil - 2B
Wil Myers - 1B Mark Canha - LF
Ha-Seong Kim - SS Daniel Vogelbach - DH
Trent Grisham - CF Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Austin Nola - C Tomas Nido - C
Joe Musgrove - RHP Chris Bassitt - RHP

Wild-card weekend certainly had it’s moments yesterday, with one playoff game setting a record for scoreless innings, and another being a 19-run barn-burner with an almost as historic comeback. Yet, the net result is that only one of the four ends up in a “win or go home” contest for both sides. The Mets will have home-field advantage, but that doesn’t seem to have mattered too much so far, with road teams winning five of the eight wild-card contests to date. The winner gets the dubious pleasure of facing the Dodgers in the NL Division Series: Los Angeles have been filing their nails and waiting, hopefully growing a bit rusty.

I think the Mets have a better shot at beating Los Angeles: they won the season series, taking four of seven games against the Dodgers. Meanwhile, the Padres were nowhere near as successful, going 5-14 versus their divisional rivals. I am all about Los Angeles losing, hence am behind the Mets in this one.