The Padres went to Queens and took two out of three to knock off the Mets last week. They’ll now start a five-game set looking to take down the Dodgers, a team that was 22 games clear of them for the lead in the NL West. San Diego makes one change to their roster from the Mets series.
Here’s how it all breaks down:
- Mike Clevinger (Game 1 starter)
- Yu Darvish (Game 2 starter)
- Luis Garcia
- Pierce Johnson
- Nick Martinez
- Joe Musgrove
- Robert Suarez
- Steven Wilson
The only adjustment for the Friars is the installation of Mike Clevinger onto the Division Series roster. The right-hander was sidelined by a non-COVID illness late in the regular season. While he reported to the team in Flushing, the Friars didn’t carry him on the roster for the series. Clevinger, who had a 4.33 ERA with a career-low 18.8% strikeout rate over 114 1/3 innings this year, may not have gotten a start over Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove during the three-game set regardless. With the potential for a five-game series this time around, San Diego adds an extra arm to the staff. Clevinger will step right into the mix with a Game One start after the Friars deployed their top three arms late last week.
As a result, the Padres swap out infielder Brandon Dixon. Carried as a right-handed bench bat during the first set, Dixon didn’t make an appearance. He won’t be an option for manager Bob Melvin this series unless he’s added as an injury replacement.