Three upsets of the 2022 MLB postseason

As the Winter Meetings commence for the MLB, it can be lost on fans how crazy the 2022 postseason was.

Given that, there were some upsets in the 2022 playoffs, and here are a few of them to read about.

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Philadelphia fights off Atlanta in NLDS

The Phillies swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card round 2-0. But no one thought Philadelphia posed a threat to the Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series champions.

October baseball proved otherwise because Philadelphia pounced on Atlanta ace Max Fried for two runs in the first inning. With two runs in the top of the third inning before two in the top of the fourth, the Phillies secured a lead. After all that, Philadelphia scored six runs off Fried. Atlanta attempted a comeback, but the Phillies took a critical game one on the road.

After that, the Braves tied the series 1-1, the Phillies won game three decisively 9-1. In game five, the Phillies on the brink of advancing, delivered the dagger. An early three-run homer from Brandon Marsh made it 3-0 for Philadelphia. J.T. Relamuto hit an inside-the-park homer that pushed it to 4-1. A three-run sixth inning from Philadelphia helped secure the lead, and win the series.

It was an early exit for the Atlanta Braves as many thought the team would be in the NLCS or the World Series again.

Padres fry the Mets in Wild-Card round

San Diego faced a stout opponent in the 101-win New York Mets. For the first game, the Padres shocked baseball with four homers off ace Max Scherzer. This amounted to seven runs for the underdog as the Padres stole game one 7-1 in New York. This was by far the worst start Scherzer pitched arguably in his career. In his 22 postseason starts he never surrendered this many runs, nor allowed four homers in game.

In the next game, Jacob deGrom surrendered two runs as the Mets evened the series 1-1.

Subsequently the next game in San Diego shifted the momentum to the Padres. With arguably its’ best pitcher on the mound in Joe Musgrove, the Padres looked poised to win.  In game three, a two-run single gave the Padres an early lead.

More importantly Musgrove dominated the Mets lineup, as evidenced by seven innings of one-hit ball.  Consequently, the Padres  breezed to a 6-0 win, and advanced to the Division Series.

San Diego stuns Los Angeles in 3-1 series win.

If no one gave the Padres a fair chance against the Mets, then it was worse when San Diego faced the Dodgers

Division rivals meeting in the Division Series, the Dodgers owned the Padres throughout the regular season with a 14-5 record.  Los Angeles owned the best record in baseball at 111-51, and looked like the World Series favorite heading into the postseason.

In game one, the Dodgers took care of business as the team won 5-3 in the opening game. Despite that, the Padres took game one on the road.

At home in game three, San Diego jumped to a 1-0 in the bottom of the first as Jake Cronenworth hit a two-out single. Blake Snell struck out six in four innings, and kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard. In the bottom of the fourth, Trent Grisham hit a solo homer that extended the lead 2-0 for the Padres.

This proved enough for Snell as he surrendered one run in 5.1 innings pitched as the Padres beat the Dodgers 2-1 to win the Division Series.