The Los Angeles Dodgers “rivalry” with the San Diego Padres has gone exactly the same way after the trade deadline as it did before. Despite the Padres being the “big winners” of the deadline, the Dodgers have taken five out of six against San Diego since the blockbuster trades.
The Dodgers haven’t just owned the Padres on the field, either. Former Padre Trayce Thompson has been red-hot for LA, even hitting a game-securing three-run home run against San Diego on Sunday. Even the Matt Beaty trade, in which the Dodgers did not get a major leaguer in return, is heavily favored towards LA.
It’s safe to say the Padres and their fans do not like seeing their NL West foes come to town, but there is one Padre, in particular, who is getting burned the most by LA. Southpaw starter Sean Manaea — who was thoroughly hyped up like every other trade acquisition — has been absolutely dominated by the Dodgers this season.
It has gotten to the point where San Diego is skipping Manaea’s spot in the rotation with the Boys in Blue coming into town this weekend. Seriously. The Padres are shielding Sean Manaea from yet another blow-up start against the Dodgers.
No explanation from Pads manager Bob Melvin will convince us otherwise.
Sean Manaea’s numbers against the Dodgers are nauseating for Padres fans
When Manaea faces the Dodgers he turns into Josh Hader, who’s been yet another left-handed pitcher that hasn’t worked out how the Padres hoped. Granted, it’s not like Manaea has had a good year otherwise — he just pitches really poorly against the Dodgers.
Manaea has made three starts against LA this season. In those three starts he’s lasted just 12.2 innings, allowing 22 runs on 25 hits, including five home runs. That’s good for a staggering 15.63 ERA.
It’s not just bad for Manaea — it’s the worst in the entire league! Manaea’s 15.63 ERA is the worst ERA for any pitcher against a certain opponent this season with at least 10 innings pitched. Bryse Wilson checks in second with a 14.34 ERA in 10.2 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.
It’s also the ninth-worst ERA this century and the 24th-worst ERA in the live-ball era. Los Angeles isn’t just dominating Manaea this season, they are embarrassing him in an all-time manner.
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It will be a bummer to not see Manaea on this bump this weekend in San Diego, but with how this matchup has gone, it probably doesn’t matter much who is on the mound for the Padres.