This Sweet 16 matchup features the #13 San Diego Padres versus the #4 New York Mets. The Padres finished their season 83-79 and 3rd in the NL West. The Mets finished 98-64 and 2nd in the NL East behind the #1 seed St. Louis Cardinals.
The Mets send Cy Young winner Dwight Gooden (24-4 1.53 Grade 25XYZ) to the mound against Eric Show (12-11 3.09 Grade 14Y) for the Padres. This would be a pitchers duel as both pitchers were in control for the whole game. The game would be scoreless through 8 innings as the Padres could only muster 2 hits off Gooden and the Mets only had 5 hits off Show. In the top of the 9th with 2 outs Graig Nettles would double to right off Gooden and Terry Kennedy would single to center to score Nettles just under the tag of Gary Carter. The Mets would get Lenny Dykstra in the bottom half but Mets hitters could not get him home and the Padres steal Game 1 1-0.
Final Score: Padres 1, Mets 0
WP: Eric Show (1-0)
LP: Dwight Gooden (0-1)