The Dodgers and the Padres face off for the final time this year, at least in the regular season. Los Angeles leads the season series 4-3.
This marks the first time the two clubs have faced off since San Diego reloaded at the trade deadline. The Padres, winners of 7 straight and 9 out of their last 11 games are streaking at the right time while the Dodgers have faced some bumps in the road in terms of health and consistency. Still, both teams are looking at this series as a big test, as well as a sign of things that could potentially follow in October.
LA manager Dave Roberts sees the importance of these three games. Moreover, he was asked if this is the biggest series of the season for his club.
I think appreciating where we’re at on the calendar, it is. You know, it’s a team that’s chasing us and has been playing great baseball for quite some time. A potential playoff opponent. So, yeah, I would say that’s probably the biggest series of the year.
Even with all the fuss and feathers involved, Roberts doesn’t seem overly worried, or even ready to look that far ahead on the calendar. He continued.
Regardless, win the series, lose a series, you know there’s still more games to be played. But our only right now is these three games in San Diego.
The added pressure of the series comes via the standings. San Diego sits only 2.5 games behind Los Angeles for the top spot in the National League West. The Dodgers, of course, are winners of 7 consecutive division titles, giving the Padres — or any team for that matter — even more motivation to want to knock them off their perch.
- Game 1: LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.98) versus RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.24)
- Game 2: RHP Tony Gonsolin (0-1, 1.57) versus RHP Zach Davies (7-2, 2.48)
- Game 3: RHP Dustin May (1-1, 2.81) versus TBD
Reinforcements en Route?
During this series, RHP Joe Kelly will officially be able to return from the suspended list, giving the Dodgers a fully healthy bullpen for the first time since early August. The flamethrower was activated from the injured list last week but still had to serve a five-game suspension for his part in a benches-clearing incident in Houston against the Astros in July.
Justin Turner is on the mend and also likely to return during this series. The 35-year-old has been out with a hamstring issue since the end of July. With Turner’s return, the defense at third base takes a marked improvement after Max Muncy mostly seeing time there in his absence.