Major League Baseball seems to have found their new darlings in Fernando Tatis and the San Diego Padres. And who can blame them? The Dodgers have been steady and consistent while the Padres are new, fresh, and exciting. Outside of Dodgers fans, most of the baseball world is probably rooting for the new guys to win the series which kicks off on October 6th.
The regular-season series between LA and San Diego was tightly contested, with the Dodgers winning 6 games compared to the Padres 4.
Being that this is the first time in years that San Diego has had a competitive team, it’s understandable that they feed off of the energy in big moments. This does not mean, however, that the Dodgers have forgotten the antics that they resorted to during their final series against each other.
During Mookie’s press availability on Monday afternoon, Dodgers’ insider David Vassegh asked him about the message that the Dodgers sent back to the Padres after winning the final two meetings between them following the infamous Trent Grisham celebration.
Just that we’re here to play. We’re not just going to keep getting punched in the mouth, you know, we can come back at you. Obviously this is a new series and we have to come out with some energy all ready to go because you know they will.
The Dodgers need to come out with energy in this series, but they know that it’s going to take more than just pure adrenaline to move on.
With all of the noise surrounding this much-anticipated series between the two powerhouses of the NL West, the following question has been brought up: Do the Dodgers have to match San Diego’s high energy to win this series? During the same interview, Mookie Betts did his best to refute these claims.
I think we just have to be the steady selves that we are. They have a lot of energy, a lot of young guys over there, so that’s tough to match. We don’t need to play their game, we need to play ours.
The Dodgers have gotten this far because of their veteran leadership and timely hitting, not because they depend on adrenaline to carry them. In a series where so much pressure is being applied from the outside, they must rely on what they do best to be enough for them to move on.
This series will be the one to watch throughout this next week, as this will likely be the toughest opponent the Dodgers will face on the National League side of the bracket. The first pitch is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th at 6:38 PM PT from Arlington, Texas.