Second, Padres must take season series over the Dodgers
It feels like an eternity since the Padres played a meaningful game inside Dodger Stadium. The time and place was Game 2 in the 2022 National League Divisional Series, as the Friars outslugged the Dodgers in a 5-3 victory.
The offense was propelled by Manny Machado’s two-RBI night. It overshadowed the Dodgers three solo home runs off of Yu Darvish. The Padres went on to win the series and head to play the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS.
But since then, it has been a one-sided affair for the Dodgers. The instant analysis of the Friars frightful play is unprintable. What is disappointing is how the club looked non-competitive and error-prone in each game. The Padres front office must ask themselves why the Dodgers have such an easy time against them.
Let's not kid ourselves; the Dodgers are not going anywhere in 2024. They will rebound from their divisional series defeat by reloading the roster this offseason. If the Friars are going to win a World Series title, then the rivalry must come back to life.
The growing pains in becoming a postseason contender have to end.