The MLB National League Championship continues with this Game 2 between the Phillies and Padres; after yesterday, we could enjoy a fairly even game that was decided by a few runs ahead.
The Padres will look to trim the lead before heading to the East Coast of the United States to continue this series, while the Phillies will try to increase their lead further. At JefeBet, you can enjoy our match-by-match analysis of this Philadelphia Phillies vs San Diego Padres series, and here we present our forecast for today.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, Calif.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 7:37 PM ET
Bet on Philadelphia Phillies
Season record: 87-75
Regular Season vs Padres: 4-3
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The Phillies had been showing plenty of offensive power this postseason. Still, a strong performance by Yu Darvish and the Padres reliever saw Philadelphia settle for scoring two runs, with both coming on home runs, which ended up being enough to win 2-0 after a pitching gem from Zack Wheeler.
The visitors will be hoping that Aaron Nola, their scheduled Game 2 starter, can replicate Wheeler's performance, which wouldn't be too unlikely considering Nola has yet to allow a run this postseason and has a minuscule 0.95 WHIP after 12 2/3 innings. Thrown.
Starting pitcher Aaron Nola (11-13, 3.25 ERA, 0.96 WHIP).
Corey Knebel (shoulder), Kent Emmanuel (shoulder), Damon Jones (shoulder), Simon Muzziotti (kneecap), and James McArthur (elbow).
Bet on the San Diego Padres
Season record: 89-73
Regular Season vs Phillies: 3-4
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The Padres could not take advantage of the emotional momentum they brought to this series after eliminating the Dodgers in the previous round, remaining with zero on the scoreboard and scoring just one hit in the entire match. They will want to take advantage of this second game to avoid putting themselves against the ropes as they seek access to the World Series.
The one who will bear the responsibility for San Diego in this game will be starter Blake Snell, who has not looked entirely fine with his control in this postseason by granting eight walks in two appearances, in addition to having nine hits and allowing three runs, and all this in just 8.2 innings of play.
Injuries: Drew Pomeranz (elbow), Austin Adams (forearm).
Zack Wheeler yesterday shouldn't be too surprising, as the Phillies' pitching has taken a step forward this postseason, allowing more than three runs in just one game of six so far, and let's not forget he faced a fearsome offence like that of the Atlanta Braves.
Aaron Nola's performances are arguably the standout among his starting rotation, and he'll once again have the job of helping his team to a win against a powerhouse lineup like the Padres.
Surely Blake Snell could end up costing the Padres the game. The former Cy Young has not shown his best version this season. To his recent problems, we add his bad numbers against the Phillies in this 2022, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 9.1 innings, which encourages us to think that Philadelphia could increase your lead in the series.