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Dodgers: Mookie Betts Says LA Plans to Play its Game, Not San Diego’s

The Dodgers know who they are, and Mookie Betts is ready to lead LA past the San Diego Padres.



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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Written by Daniel Palma

Daniel is an avid sports fan who loves his hometown teams. If he's not watching baseball, you can find him playing or coaching. No matter what, he'll always root for the Boys in Blue!

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  1. You tell um Mookie!!!!! We have a GREAT team and we will show them tommorow who really has the muscle…because it surely is NOT the padres!!! LETS GO DODGERS!!

  2. Nows the time to be tough not just act tough. This Dodger team reminds me a little of the 88 Dodgers, they don’t have a lot of good bats but they’re putting some hits together when they need them. They’re not exactly blowing other teams away. They have what it needs to win games, they have to put their best foot forward..

  3. The puzzle is on the table and we’ve got all the right pieces. They (The Blue Wrecking Crew) have just got to put them together in the right to complete the final picture-A World Series Trophy. GO BLUE and A’s TOO!!!

  4. How fortunate to have a player like Mookie Betts ! This guy is just a winner plain & simple. Hopefully you can get some much needed help ( Muncy, Bellinger, AJ, etc. ), these 3,4,5, hitters have to produce ! Taylor & Seager will be there & some solid pitching from everybody would be very nice ! Go Dodgers

  5. Is there anyone here who might explain why Roberts would add Gore to the NLDS roster, after him not seeing a single game eith the team this year. He leaves Rios off the roster and it’s just another reason why Roberts has a lot to do with the team falling short rvrry year.

  6. PAULDODGER— ROBERTS WILL F——- THINGS UP LIKE ADDING GORE, LEAVES RIOS OFF THE ROSTER, JUST WAIT TILL HE STARTS W/ THE PITCHERS, HE JUST STARTING ROBERTS HAS EVERY THING TO DO W/ NO W.S. IT IS SAD DODGER PLAYERS HAVE TO WATCH D.R.CAUSE LOSSES.

  7. Good low throws to second base would have gotten some of San Diego runners out. The catchers need to get busy and practice. The second baseman can’t get a shoulder high throw and bring it down in time for a tag. Meanwhile the dodgers stand on first waiting for a home run, and hope their isn’t a double play.

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