San Diego Padres advance to National League Division Series: What to know

Petco Park will be buzzing with postseason energy on Fri., Oct. 14.

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Let’s go, San Diego. 📣

The Padres eliminated the New York Mets in the National League Wild Card series over the weekend, winning the best-of-three series 2 games to 1. Now, they’re bound for the National League Division Series (NLDS) and a showdown against the Dodgers begins tonight.

Let’s take a look at what’s next for the Friars’ postseasonand when they’ll get to play in front of the hometown crowd.

  • Game 1 of the NLDS is tonight in SoCal rival territory: Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at 6:37 p.m.
  • Game 2 is tomorrow — also in LA — at 5:37 p.m.
  • Then, it’s home turf time. On Fri., Oct. 14, the teams will head to Petco Park in San Diego for Game 3 — the first time fans will be able to watch the Padres play postseason ball in person since 2006 (they played at home in the 2020 MLB playoffs, but no fans were allowed inside the ballpark).
  • The NLDS win is best out of five games, so that means the Padres have to win three games to move on. Let’s manifest only good things here, people.
  • If neither team wins the series in a sweep, Game 4 will be here at home on Sat., Oct. 15.
  • And if the rivals go 2-2, a tie-breaker Game 5 will go down in LA on Sun., Oct. 16.
  • If the Padres win this week’s NLDS, they’ll go on to play in the National League Championship Series (NLCS). That starts Tues., Oct. 18.
  • The winner of the NLCS goes to the World Series, set to start on Fri., Oct. 28.
Petco Park in San Diego

San Diegans will root (root, root) for the home team at the downtown ballpark on Fri., Oct. 14.

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MLB says fans can watch the postseason games on TV (depending on your provider) via ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, Fox, or FS1. There are streaming options, too.

Meanwhile, San Diego has been buzzing with Padres fandomwe dare you to go outside without seeing a Friar Faithful dripping in Padres gear. It’s a whole vibe right now.

Time to shine, SD. ✨

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