The San Diego series especially was fun to watch for more than one reason. The Padres have a bunch of young talent that is going to be haunting the Dodgers for years to come. Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet are great, young arms and Fernando Tatis Jr. slugs the ball and blasts homers with ease.
The Dodgers lost the first game of the series, but almost had a comeback. In Tuesday’s game, they were getting no-hit going into the sixth inning before finally finding their offense. They took a Justin Turner hit-by-pitch and turned it into a game tying inning. A total of five batters were hit during the game, but that one seemed to spark something in the Dodgers offense.
“I don’t know if it was a wakeup call, but it certainly could have been. It honed our focus a little more,” Roberts said after the game.
The Dodgers went on to score five runs that game, and seven in Wednesday’s game. As stated, the Padres have a good, young core of talent and are tired of playing Little Brother to their upstate rivals. They really wanted to show that they could hang with, and be better than the Dodgers. It took a little bit to get going, and one crazy good throw from Chris Taylor to save the last game, but the Dodgers outlasted them in the final two games.
While the Dodgers have won nine games so far, aside from the first game, the offense has not quite looked like the offensive juggernaut we were expecting. Corey Seager and AJ Pollock have been consistently good. Others, not quite so much yet.
Cody Bellinger was having some issues finding his MVP self, so Roberts sat him for a game on Saturday. He hit homers in back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday and while he’s not all the way back, he may be starting to get his swing back, pun intended.
Max Muncy could maybe benefit from a night off or two. While he has three homers so far this season, more often than not he looks lost at the plate and has a high number of strikeouts. Muncy had mentioned that he does not like batting leadoff, and the constant flip-flopping of the top two batters in the lineup between him and Mookie Betts seems to have messed with him a little bit. While Joc Pederson and Pollock are both hot, it also might serve Muncy to move him down in the lineup and not have the pressure of batting in the leadoff spot.
While the Dodgers are enjoying their first night off in nine games, Thursday also marks the two week point of the season. Teams are now required to drop their active roster from 30 to 28. The Dodgers optioned relief pitcher Adam Kolarek and rookie infielder Zach McKinstry to their alternate training site. Kolarek pitched in four games this season, pitching 3.1 innings and allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out three. McKinstry did not see any game time while up with the big club.