San Diego and Philadelphia open a three-game set on Friday at Petco Park that has playoff implications for more than just they do at this time. Philadelphia is coming off a four-game sweep to Houston, and in the process fell three games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Phillies are just one-half game back of San Francisco in the race for the wild card. The Phillies will send starter Roy Oswalt to the bump for the opener as he looks to continue his dominance with his new squad. After taking a loss and a no-decision following the trade from Houston, Oswalt has three straight wins, going seven innings in each start. He has allowed just three runs in 21 innings of work. Oswalt has owned the Padres over his career; in seventeen games, fifteen of which were starts he has a record of 10-2 with an ERA of 2.56. With Philly coming off an embarrassing series against Houston they will look to rebound here and get a big win on the West Coast versus the first place Padres. Philadelphia is 7-2 their last 9 overall versus San Diego and 21-8 their last 29 on the left coast.
PROJECTED FORECAST: 2* Philadelphia Phillies 3 San Diego Padres 2