The Padres did everything they could this offseason to make sure they can compete with the Dodgers. They scooped up Blake Snell from Tampa Bay in a trade and followed that up by getting Yu Darvish from the Cubs.
The biggest question now seems to be what forms of Snell and Darvish the Padres will be getting. Who knows if even at their best they will be able to keep up with the Dodgers and their 7-man rotation in 2021. But for manager Dave Roberts, there is no need for concern.
In a conversation with The OC Register’s Bill Plunkett, Roberts was candid with how he felt about the improved Padres. In his mind, the Dodgers have no reason to even think about what they’ve done to get better.
I’ll be the first to tell our guys, I don’t really care what the Padres do or don’t do – or any team in our division. The focus has got to be and has always been on how we prepare and how we play. Then everything will take care of itself.
Doc didn’t stop there when talking about the Dodgers versus Padres in 2021. He went on to express how he personally felt about San Diego making drastic moves to keep pace with Los Angeles. What he said probably won’t sit too well with his friends down in SD.
I don’t mean to sound brash or, how do I say it … I don’t mean to sound arrogant. But the fact is I really don’t (care what moves the Padres make).
The term Salty Dave was coined during the 2020 season when he was asked about one of Clayton Kershaw’s being pushed. Funny enough, it was Plunkett that came up with that. Now he gets the Dodgers manager to take a few shots at the Padres, and I am absolutely here for it.
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