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Here's How the Padres Can Clinch a Playoff Berth on Sunday

Larry Rupp
Here's how the San Diego Padres can clinch a playoff berth on Sunday.
Here's how the San Diego Padres can clinch a playoff berth on Sunday. / AP Photos/Gregory Bull

The San Diego Padres went all-in at the MLB trade deadline by acquiring All-Star outfielder Juan Soto and closer Josh Hader. The moves are so close to paying off in the form of only their second playoff berth since 2006. Here's a look at how manager Bob Melvin's team can clinch a spot on Sunday.

San Diego Padres MLB Playoffs

San Diego controls its own destiny here. If the Padres emerge victorious over the Chicago White Sox, they are in the playoffs. It's that simple. Fans should get excited because pitcher Blake Snell is set to take the mound at 4:10 p.m. ET. Snell owns a 3.47 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across 23 starts this season.

He lines up opposite Chicago's Lance Lynn. Lynn has been hit hard this year and owns a 4.16 ERA in 114.2 innings pitched. That's his highest ERA mark since 2018. It's no wonder the Padres are slated as -162 favorites on the moneyline in this battle, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

All hope is not lost with a loss, either. The Padres could still clinch a playoff spot today if the Brewers lose to the Marlins. A Milwaukee loss would put manager Craig Counsell's team too far behind in the NL Wild Card race with only three games to go. The Brewers are a -178 favorite on the moneyline.

The Padres are in line to take on the role as the NL's second Wild Card team. That would set them up for a three-game road matchup against the first Wild Card team (Mets or Braves). San Diego has won four of its last five games against New York and has won three of its last four games against Atlanta.

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