Philadelphia Phillies vs San Diego Padres Game 2 of the NLCS: pitchers, lineups, stats, etc.
After a pitching masterclass from Zack Wheeler in Game 1, the Padres will be looking to level the field on Wednesday in Game 2 of the NLCS
The Padres and Phillies have given us an emotional rollercoaster through these playoffs, with both teams barely squeaking into the Wild Card series, before upending the apple cart in the Divisional series. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Zack Wheeler put on a pitching masterclass, striking out eight and allowing only one hit in seven innings en route to the Phillies 2-0 win.
But the thing about baseball is that the playoffs are not single-game events. You are in for the long haul. Between the Phillies and the pennant stand a team who knocked off the top seed just a few days ago, something that Philadelphia right fielder Nick Castellanos knows only too well. “We have a lot of baseball to be played, and we have a really good team standing in the way of us. We just have to take care of tomorrow.”
San Diego need to be a bigger threat on the bases if they are to stay in the hunt. The big bats of Manny Machado and Juan Soto went ice cold in Game 1, something that they will need to address in Game 2.
“We just got to go out there and come out and get ready to play,” says Machado. “We’ll be ready. We’re going to go out there and compete, just go out there and keep grinding.”
How and where to watch Game 2
Nola has yet to allow an earned run this postseason, going 6.2 against the Cardinals without surrendering a run, then allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings against the Braves.
Snell has had an up-and-down postseason, struggling mightily against the Mets where he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits over 3.1 innings, and then tightening his belt to give up just 1 run on 5 hits over 5.1 innings against the stellar batting order of the Dodgers.
The lineups for both teams might tweak slightly, particularly with Brandon Marsh and Bryson Stott being likely to start on the bench in favor of Matt Vierling and Edmundo Sosa given that they are facing a left-handed starter. The Padres are toying with the idea of moving Trent Grisham higher up the order as well, but in their rough form, these are likely to be the starting orders for both teams.