SAN DIEGO — The Padres’ postseason path is locked in.
And it’s a doozy — starting Friday night against the Mets in New York.
With their 6-2 victory over the Giants on Tuesday night, the Padres assured themselves of the second Wild Card spot in the National League and the No. 5 overall seed. In the meantime, the Braves’ victory in Miami wrapped up the NL East, bumping New York into the Wild Card round — and a three-game series against the Padres this weekend at Citi Field.
“They’ve got a great team over there,” said Wil Myers, who homered for the second consecutive night on Tuesday. “Should be electric in that ballpark, should be a good environment. Looking forward to it.”
That series will feature no shortage of storylines. Two revered longtime managers going head-to-head, one of whom — Padres manager Bob Melvin — played his final season as a player under then-Yankees manager and current Mets skipper Buck Showalter. It’s also Juan Soto’s return to the NL East (and a ballpark he has raked in), where he’d presumably face former teammate Max Scherzer at some point.
But more than anything else, it’s a heck of a matchup between two teams with excellent pitching staffs. Though neither team has confirmed its pitching plans, here’s how the two sides might line up this weekend:
“They have a really good team, and I know their rotation will be all set up,…