Faceoff Time: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres

Author: Mansi

The Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the top seed teams for this season of MLB, will be taking on the 4th seed San Diego Padres in a four-game series. With the series being tough looking at the line-ups from both sides, we can expect some good hits and runs from key players of both sides. Though the season has got short-handed, it has acquired more thrillers with a new format of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With both the teams playing their hearts out, we can expect some high voltage between these two sides.  In this article, we will glance at the team’s line-ups, some key players from both sides, and result prediction for this game.

Los Angeles Dodgers:

The Los Angeles Dodgers lineup has some good players who can give a real fight to any opposition. Talented players are the only reason the Los Angeles Dodgers are the top seed team this season. They have Corey Seager and Justin Turner as their front line players with a handful of experience. These two players have the best averages from their sides .307 each. They have been well-supported by Mookie Bets in this season so far. With an average of 0. 292, he is showing some good intent in this season. 

Will Smith is another good player in this line up apart from Corey, Justin, and Mookie. He is in 4th place when it comes to average. He averages .289 in this season.

When we look at the averages of all these players, it is crystal clear how good their form is this season. Now, against the San Diego Padres, if this player gets in good rhythm, then no one could stop the Los Angeles Dodgers from winning this game. The crucial difference which makes the Los Angeles Dodgers separate from other teams in this season is their clean striking. Despite their pitchers having taken to cleaners, hitters have done exceptionally well in this season.  

San Diego Padres

When we compare the San Diego Padres to the Los Angeles Dodgers, things are slightly different here. If the San Diego Padres have to win this game, then their players need to perform very well in this game. 

Walker Buehler is one of the prime players this season. If he gets going well in this game, then it will be relatively easy for the San Diego Padres to win in this game.  He has the highest ERA of 3.44 this season for the San Diego Padres. Though their hitting isn't on the mark this season,  their defensive side is up to the mark this season. Apart from Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw is giving some good backend support to his team.   

Clayton Kershaw has played exceptionally well against the Brewers in the Playoffs season. This was his best performance in the career, which came in a perfect game. That would have undoubtedly boosted the confidence of Kershaw. The San Diego Padres have one more potential player in the form of Dustin May this season. He has the second-highest ERA for the San Diego Padres this season. So now, looking at the line-ups of the San Diego Padres, we can see that they have the best defense, but they lack the power hitting. 

So overall, this would be a game between power hitters of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres, where either Hitters or defenders will win the game.  

Result Prediction.

When we look at both sides, one can expect the Los Angeles Dodgers to come out as a winner. But considering the abilities of the San Diego Padres and their game momentum, they would be eager to beat the top rank team. This will fancy their chances to get on the rank one. On the contrary, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be preparing to show their opponents why they are the top seed team this season. With complete dominance to be expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers may win this game quite comfortably. 

Final Words.

As we are heading for a five-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the San Diego Padres, fans will be pretty eager to celebrate this game. Everyone expects some thriller games in this series as all the players are full of talent from both sides. Though, the series ks short-handed fans are pretty happy due to the comeback of Major League Baseball. This tournament gave them a reason to smile despite the tense situations of the virus.  


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