NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — These are the two teams that finished second in their respective divisions. But the Padres and the Mets bring in several big-name stars as best contenders in the playoffs.
Manny Machado, Juan Soto and Yu Darvish are some of the famous bowlers of San Diego.
Max Schaezer, Jacob deGrom and Francisco Lindor are some of those who stand out with New York.
The few teams that open their wallets generously in the Major Leagues. One from every corner of the country. Both will be seen in the best-of-three NL wild-card series starting Friday night.
Two victories will award advances to the Division Series, where the even more powerful Los Angeles Dodgers await.
“Here you cannot think in the long term. You have to think less,” said Mets manager Buck Showalter. “It’s a different time of year.”
Without a doubt, both clubs feel the pressure and urgency knowing that a poor weekend will be the abrupt end of a promising campaign full of expectations.
San Diego entered this season with ambitions of being crowned in the West Division of the National League. And although the Dodgers won the pennant with a sizable advantage, the Padres secured the status of contenders for the title, achieving the deadline for agreeing trades, closer to the All-Star Game, on August 2 by Dominican Soto and Josh Hader. Did it ,
They didn’t get the regular season they had hoped for, but the Padres (89–73) won enough games to take a second wild-card place in the NL playoffs, despite being 22 games behind the Dodgers.
“We have great characters in this team,” said Japan’s Dervish. “It’s a fun clubhouse.”
Run by Pete Alonso and major league batting champion Jeff McNeil, New York (101–61) led the Eastern Division for six days of the season (including the final days).
He led in 10 1/2 games on 1 June and seven games on 10 August. But he couldn’t shake the pressure from the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, who stitched together their fifth division crown and automatically advanced to the next round of the playoffs after beating the Mets in a series last weekend.
Now they have to get rid of that despair soon.
“It’s past,” said Puerto Rican Lindor, shortstop and switch hitter, who equaled his career-best points this season with 107 as the Mets took the second-largest win in franchise history. We have to pay attention to what is in front of us.”