Despite having a double-digit deficit in the division at the time, many were quick to crown the San Diego Padres champions after the team had one heck of a trade deadline. While the Pads went out and got Juan Soto, Josh Hader and Brandon Drury, the Los Angeles Dodgers simply freed up roster spots and took a flier on Joey Gallo.
Padres fans were feeling confident heading into this weekend’s series at Dodger Stadium. This was finally going to be the series that the Padres flipped the script and proved to their big brothers that they’re here to play.
Well, it didn’t really go as planned for the Padres. The Dodgers quite easily swept San Diego in the three-game series to extend the division lead to 15.5 games. The Padres now find themselves as the third wild card in the National League with only a 1.5-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers.
This series was the Padres’ World Series and the Dodgers making quick work of them, sending all of Padres Twitter crashing back down to earth.
Dodgers fans will love these tweets after sweeping the Padres
As far as we’re concerned, there’s no such thing as “enough is enough.” The Padres continue to make bold move after bold move and the entire fanbase throws it in Dodgers fans’ faces like they actually won something because of it.
At least the tweet above doesn’t try to paint the series like the Padres got unlucky while the Dodgers got lucky, which is exactly what Ben Higgins of ABC 10News tried to imply.
Maybe make better contact?
Why was the Dodgers’ BABIP over 300 points higher than the Padres? It’s really quite simple: they hit the ball better. The Dodgers’ expected batting average (which takes into account things like exit velo and launch angle) for the three games was .253, .293 and .235.
That might not seem very high, but compared to San Diego’s, it is. The Dodgers were better in every game — the Padres had expected batting averages of .180, .170 and .159, respectively. The Dodgers’ worst xBA was still 55 points higher than the Padres’ best.
The one thing that Padres fans have to grasp onto is their argument that this is a true rivalry. Every Dodgers fan knows that the San Francisco Giants are the Dodgers’ biggest rival. That upsets San Diego fans, who just want to be noticed as a true rival. Whoops, sorry guys!
Nothing’s better than San Diego fans getting angry with Manny Machado. Los Angeles fans know firsthand how frustrating it can be when Machado shows a lack of effort, which he yet again did in this series.
That lack of effort, mixed with Machado’s nonchalant response to it all, definitely has not sat well with the Padres’ faithful.
At the end of the day, the Padres are still a very talented team and the records in the regular season get thrown out if these two teams meet in the playoffs. However, considering LA’s dominance and the fact they swept San Diego back in 2020, it’s hard not to like LA if the two sides do match up in October.
Well, that is, if the Padres can get out of the new three-game Wild Card series while the Dodgers have a first-round bye. And at this rate, San Diego is going to have to play that opening playoff series on the road. Good luck!