Previewing the Padres vs Mets Wildcard Matchup

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There is just something romantic about baseball in general, but baseball in October is downright sexy. The weather is changing, the leaves are turning colors, and the air is just crisper. In October baseball, every pitch and every play counts. Not taking the extra base, missed 3rd strike call by the ump, or the just foul rope down the line, everything is intensified in October baseball. I will be riding along with you guys for every NL playoff game (sorry I missed Game 1 Phillies/Cardinals) and breaking down my best bets of the game. We will be digging deep on the overall action and prop bets, so you can enjoy October baseball and make some extra cash as well.

The first game we have is the Padres (5 seed) at the Mets (4 seed). Mets fans and players are probably a bit disappointed to be here considering they had a 10.5 game lead earlier this summer. Regardless, they are in the dance and have a legitimate shot to win it all. Padres fans, I am sure, are happy to be in the playoffs, but cannot feel too great about their team right now. Tatis is suspended and their trade acquisitions have fallen flat. Soto, Drury, Hader, and Bell have all performed worse for the Padres than they did for their previous teams. That cannot make you feel confident. The good news for both teams is that I do not think either team feels confident and none of that stuff matters when it comes to October baseball.

Let us get into the picks I like.

Scherzer is known as a big game pitcher which is why the Mets went out and got him. This is his time to shine. In 26 playoff games, Scherzer is averaging over 6 strikeouts per appearance. That is even including relief appearances which have dragged down that average. The Padres have averaged 11 strikeouts in their last 3 games and have a few free swingers on their club. Mad Max should be able to quite the bats and should get the benefit of the doubt from the umps. 

Max Scherzer OVER 5.5 Strikeouts (-145) 1.45 units to win 1 unit

The Mets have the statistical advantage in almost every single head to head category versus the Padres:

Batting Average

On Base %

Home Runs

Slugging %

Earned Run Average

The numbers speak for themselves, but I am not going to bet against a team with the better offense, at home with the climate advantage, with Scherzer, and deGrom. Game 2 is deGrom versus Snell for heaven sakes. Give me the Mets to win the series!

Mets to win the series vs Padres 1.75 units to win 1 unit

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