Publish consultants make Mets-Padres picks

The Post’s experts make their Mets-Padres NL wild-card picks:

Jon Heyman

The Mets and Padres are similar teams, but the Mets look just a bit better. While San Diego also has a stellar rotation top, it’s hard to pick against the Mets’ Max Scherzer-led group. METS IN 3

Greg Joyce

Jacob deGrom, Scherzer and Chris Bassitt — not to mention the Mets’ star bats — all had major letdowns last weekend in Atlanta. No way that happens for a second straight high-stakes series … right? METS IN 3

Dan Martin

The Mets’ failure to win the NL East has made their playoff road tougher, but they still have enough pitching to get by San Diego. METS IN 3

Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer
Getty Images; N.Y. Post: Michelle Farsi

Ian O’Connor

San Diego’s 4-2 regular-season series victory, combined with Yu Darvish’s mastery of the Mets

, gives me some pause. But the Mets won 101 games — 12 more than the Padres — for a reason, and playing all three games at Citi Field will be a difference-maker. METS IN 3

Mike Puma

The Mets get their big rotation guns rolling again and find a couple of key hits. METS IN 3

Mark W. Sanchez

The Padres would have been a difficult matchup even if Starling Marte were healthy. Without Marte, the Mets’ offense will continue to struggle against top-tier pitching. Runs for both teams will be scarce. PADRES IN 3.

Joel Sherman

The Padres have a starter duo in Darvish/Blake Snell that can match Mets aces deGrom/Scherzer. Still, I think the Mets are the better overall team and have played that way this year. METS IN 3

Mike Vaccaro

The Mets lost their mojo against the dregs in September, but outside of the final series in Atlanta they’ve been at their best whenever they’ve needed to be. METS IN 3

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