To say this weekend series between divisional foes was enjoyable would be a gross understatement. It is simply some of the best regular season baseball we have seen in years.
The offensive and defensive efforts put on display by both parties gave fans a great taste of what October baseball is going to look and feel like.
Fernando Tatis Jr. homered 5 times over the course of 3 games with consecutive multi-homer nights on Thursday (4/23) and Friday (4/24).
Another HR came in Sunday’s 8-7 winning effort over the defending World Series Champions.
These clubs won’t lock horns again until June, and a lot can transpire over the next 50 games.
It is difficult to see anyone but the Dodgers winning the NL West due to the suffocating strangle-hold they have over their division*
*8 consecutive divisional Championships
That being said, the Padres are capable of defeating this potent Dodgers organization in a 5 or 7 game scenario should they meet in the playoffs.
The regular season series between San Diego and Los Angeles can go either way; but more importantly, these elite pitching staffs and lineups could prove to be the two best in the National League.
Slight Advantage Padres
Adams 1.0IP | 2K and Pomeranz 1.0IP | 3K looked like the two best relievers on the field Sunday night. Mark Melancon 1.0IP | 1K | S has been a solid FA addition after closing for Atlanta the previous season.
The health of Los Angeles’ bullpen could become more of an issue if Joe Kelly, Corey Knebel, and Branden Morrow aren’t firing on all cylinders come playoff time. However, LA did not let the injury plague stop them last year.
If these two teams do happen to meet in the NLDS/NLCS it will be a matchup for the ages. For now, we can look forward to 12 more show-stopping regular season matchups.