The NL West champions are going to St. Louis after Sunday’s game. They will likely face the defending NL champion Cardinals in the division series, but if Philadelphia captures the wild card, the Padres will have to travel to play at Atlanta.
San Diego opted to go to St. Louis even if Philadelphia and Houston are playing a one-game playoff Monday.
“If we have to make adjustments, we’ll do it from St. Louis,” manager Bruce Bochy said.
Many of the Padres expect a series with the Cardinals, who own the best record in baseball. Veteran starter Woody Williams is looking forward to the possibility of playing at Busch Stadium against his former team.
“To pitch in the last year of the stadium would be special,” Williams said. “It’s a great baseball town, great fans and, obviously, a place where I had a lot of good times.”
San Diego ensured that it would finish with the worst record of any team to qualify for the postseason since the divisional format was created in 1969 with a 2-1 loss on Saturday. The 1973 New York Mets won the NL East at 82-79, but went on to the World Series.
Padres center fielder Dave Roberts is expected to be back in action after missing seven straight games with a strained right quadriceps. Roberts was a key reserve on Boston’s world championship team last season, and is hoping to have an even bigger impact this postseason.
“It looks like Dave will play (on Sunday),” Bochy said. “He’s been running well and cleared to go. It will be big for him to get some at-bats before Tuesday. He’s our leadoff guy and it’s important to have your leadoff man healthy.”
Padres starter Adam Eaton is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA over his last four outings and will likely pitch out of the bullpen in the playoffs. Eaton was ripped for six runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings in a 9-6 win over San Francisco on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old right-hander is 9-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 18 career starts against Los Angeles. He is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season.
Manager Jim Tracy announced that Jeff Kent, who has played in 149 games, will not see action in the finale.
“He’s given this manager everything and anything you can ask for as a manager,” Tracy said. “If something happened and he were to be injured, you’d kick yourself.”