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Dodgers: MLB Insider Predicts A Padres ‘Throw Down’ with LA This Year

ESPN Insider Buster Onley thinks the Padres-Dodgers rivalry is approaching Red Sox-Yankees levels.



The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres pencil in to be two of the best teams in baseball this year. Both teams have had to answer many questions about each other this offseason. Right now, Dodgers and Padres players, for the most part, have kept it professional.

ESPN’s Buster Olney thinks that will change once the real games begin.

During a segment on the Baseball Tonight Podcast with Padres broadcaster Tony Gwynn Jr., the inevitable Dodgers-Padres relationship status question came up.

Olney likened the tension between the Dodgers and Padres to the fiery Yankees-Red Sox games during the Alex Rodriguez era.

“ I do think it’s going to be like Red Sox-Yankees back in the day. Varitek and Alex Rodriguez throwing down. I get the feeling we’re going to see some of that stuff this year because it feels like the Padres are like the little brother coming for the older brother’s lunch money.”

Tony Gwynn Jr. agreed wholeheartedly with Olney’s assessment.

“ I think that’s how it’s being framed and I think you’re 100% right. When we these two teams face off against one another. There is a big brother-little brother element to it, but, I think he Padres have put themselves into the position where this is going to be something where it’s pull and tug.”

Gwynn preceeded those comments by explaining that he believes Dodgers-Padres is a “budding rivalry”.

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Whether it’s a budding rivalry, a legitimate rivalry, little brother-big brother, the competition between the two will be fierce. It should make for incredible regular season theater and a close race for the NL West crown.

The two squads face each other 19 times this regular season. Sounds like Buster Olney is expecting a dust up or two during one of those many meetings.

Just keep Cody Bellinger and his surgically repaired shoulder out of it.

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Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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  1. The Dodgers will retain their composure with the little brothers more likely to do something stupid. I don’t think Machado or Tatis can stay focused when the heat is on. Give Manny a couple of pitches inside, then K him on a curve ball in the dirt.

  2. The Dodgers are the reigning World Series Champions and have dominated the NL West for years. So, of course, the (very thirsty) Padres were focused on building to beat the Dodgers. It would only make logical sense which is why the Padres went all out to secure acquisitions with proven success against us . After seeing what Snell did to us in Game 6 of the World Series, the Padres were likely salivating when he became available. (Former Giants) Melancon is another pitcher who was able to handle us, specifically during the NLCS.

    Anyways, the Padres build-up is going to make for a more competitive season which means that we must be on our “A” game and take advantage of their lack of composure.

  3. Hey padres…WE WON the World Series because OUR Dodgers played and gave 100% every step of the way!! Padres you are SORE LOSERS and the sooner you realize that the better!! SO STOP YOUR CRYING!!

  4. When Manny signed with SD, he said they would win a World Series before the Dodgers ever did. How did that crow taste Manny???

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