Joe Musgrove certainly had himself a fun night at Citi Field on Sunday.
His seven scoreless innings helped guide the San Diego Padres to a victory over the New York Mets in the clinching Game 3 of the NL Wild Card Series.
San Diego now finds itself in the NLDS for the second time in three years.
But the difference for them this postseason might just be Musgrove.
The Mets asking for umpires to check behind his ears for a foreign substance couldn’t take him out of his rhythm.
In fact, in his last five starts, including the postseason, Musgrove has thrown 29 innings and allowed just one earned run.
Joe Musgrove's last 5 starts: 29 innings, 1 run 😮 pic.twitter.com/iVxEs2k9n8
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Musgrove On A Roll
Perhaps we could see a Madison Bumgarner-esque type run from Musgrove this October.
He might just be the difference for the Padres.
He came into last night’s start red-hot and continued his run of success.
In 30 starts, Musgrove put together a Cy Young caliber season, going 10-7 with a 2.93 ERA.
Last night, he looked a Cy Young contender against one of the top offenses in all of baseball, striking out five, allowing just one hit, and only walking one batter.
This could be just what the Padres need to get over the hump and make a World Series run.
A hot pitcher in October is hard to stop.
San Diego will certainly be heavy underdogs against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but if they remain hot, Musgrove could end up being their trump card.
The 29-year-old was lights out in a hostile environment last night, and this could bode well for the Padres if they get deeper into the postseason.
We’ll see if the Padres can ride his arm to the World Series.