You’d think $40 million could save you from a series sweep at the hands of a division rival, but just about nothing could’ve saved the Los Angeles Dodgers in their most recent three-game set against the San Diego Padres.
The defending world champs couldn’t notch a single win with Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer taking the mound on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Urias got knocked around and Kershaw and Bauer were solid, but the two veterans didn’t do enough, nor did they got appropriate run support.
Still, you’d hope for one scoreless outing when you’re trotting out nearly $80 million worth of starting pitching out there. Nonetheless, the damage is done. The Dodgers lost their second straight series to the Pads.
There’s plenty of time for LA to get the last laugh, but right now they’re 3-7 in the 10 matchups so far with nine to go.
How does it feel? Well, kind of like this.
The Dodgers were swept, and a fan caught the bird from a Padres fan.
That’s the feeling when your team wins seven games in a row and sweeps your division rival for the first time since 2013. As for the Dodgers fan? There are no words. LA came into this one having won 10 of their last 12 and very much had the pitching edge against the Pads with a chance to rid themselves of the stink from the last time these teams squared up at Dodger Stadium for a four-game set.
The Pads took three of those games and capped off the series with a six-run comeback on Sunday Night Baseball to really make their presence known. This time around, the Dodgers scored the same amount of runs (seven) across three games as they did in the final game of that four-game set back in April.
In the Dodgers’ defense, they’re still a little banged up with injuries, and Petco Park has been absolutely buzzing ever since full capacity crowds have been admitted. It’s a tough place to play as everyone gets used to tens of thousands of fans in the stands.
The bright side for the Dodgers? They’re still a half-game up on the Pads even after dropping those three. The problem is the San Francisco Giants, who hold a four-game lead in the NL West and don’t seem to have any plans to relent.
Another silver lining? The Pads were just barely coming off the ropes heading into this one. Before their four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, they were 4-12 in their previous 16 games. The offense was non-existent and the pitching ran into some tough times. They needed this a lot more than the Dodgers did.
For now, we’ll take the bird and use it as fuel at the end of August.