San Diego isn’t far from Los Angeles, but playing in Petco Park can have a feeling of a home game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The blue crew owns much of southern California and even though the San Diego Padres have their faithful, this early week series could take on the feel of an L.A. invasion.
It’s been no secret that the Dodgers have arguably the strongest and deepest pitching staff in the NL. They are also stacked offensively, with some of the most feared hitters in the west. Even though they are on a three game winning streak, they must keep in mind that it was against a team they have recently owned in the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Padres aren’t necessarily strong in any particular facet of their game and are off to a rough 1-5 start after getting swept by the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. The only approach manager Bud Black can obviously take, as the Dodgers roll in to town, is to convince his Padres that they are now in the safe haven of their home park.
The Dodger-Padre rivalry has had its moments over the years, most recently with the San Diego team playing spoiler to the blue crew. With the Dodgers having spent so much dough on a superior lineup, they cannot afford to slip up against the young, unknown Padres.
Such a letdown for Los Angeles this early in the season would not only let San Diego catch the Dodgers in the NL West standings and earn some confidence. It would be pretty embarrassing too.