The Padres finally have a destination: The Big Apple or bust.
“I think T.J. Lasita more than anybody is happy about knowing where to go,” the 60-year-old manager said after a 6-2 win over the Giants punched their tickets to New York to face the Mets as the NL’s No. 5 seed. “He had several different places, hotels, all that stuff. The traveling secretary is a tough job, especially with the way baseball does it now with the extra wild-card. You have no idea where you’re going sometimes until the last minute.
“A little sigh of relief for him.”
And maybe a bit of a headwind, too, for the Padres.
Sean Manaea’s rebound continued with six shutout innings, Wil Myers homered in a two-hit game and the Padres batted around in a second straight game to clinch the final series against the Giants.
Two days after clinching a postseason berth, Tuesday’s win coupled with the Phillies’ loss in Houston to cement a best-of-three showdown against a rotation fronted by Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom at Citi Field.
The Padres took two of three there after the All-Star break and two of three in June at Petco Park, although deGrom had not yet been activated from the injured list for any of that and Scherzer started just one game — a 4-1 loss in a game started by Yu Darvish.
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