This NL West contest is the backside of a brief two-game set between the Padres and Dodgers being played in Los Angeles. Who has the edge?
Last night’s anticipated pitching duel of Chris Paddock and Clayton Kershaw turned into a 6-3 Dodgers victory as neither pitcher was overly impressive and made mistakes. This quick two-contest confrontation wraps up this evening in one of baseball burgeoning rivalries.
For insiders in baseball’s tight community, there are Red Sox/Yankees and Dodgers/Giants rivalries, where the teams and fans have no use for each other. (The Cardinals/Cubs fits in the mix without the hatred.) But one that has always been below the surface, especially for San Diego players and fans, is the one with the Dodgers. For Los Angeles, they don’t even acknowledge it, with the Padres more of a nuisance than a rival.
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This reporter/handicapper knows of this first hand, having gone to a spring training game in Arizona a few years ago and both teams threw at opposing hitters in the first few innings and the benches emptied for a meaningless game.