Tony Gonsolin threw five scoreless innings and Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the third frame to propel the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres at home on Sunday, securing the series sweep while maintaining their three-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.
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Chris Taylor went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and Noah Syndergaard earned his first win of the season, propelling the Dodgers to a 6-3 home win on Sunday against the Cardinals and securing the series sweep.
Aside from Clayton Kershaw’s sparkling performance on Saturday, there really weren’t any major signs that the Dodgers are changing course from an average-performing team to an excellent one. The Cardinals fell to 10-19 on the season and fifth place in the NL Central, suggesting that the Los Angeles sweep isn’t as significant as some pundits make it out to be.
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After one of the most impressive regular seasons in recent history, the powerhouse offense of the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to deliver in the playoffs, leading to a quick exit in the NLDS at the hands of the San Diego Padres.
While some may argue the Padres played some of their best baseball of the season, there’s no doubt the Dodgers played their worst. The offense went cold at the most inopportune time, and a late-inning bullpen implosion finally sealed the Dodgers’ fate in a 5-3 defeat.
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If there’s one thing that we learned over the course of the first two games of the 2022 NLDS, it’s that the San Diego Padres have come ready to play. By no means have the Dodgers been performing well, but the Padres have shown they will not roll over easily the way they did in 14 of the 19 matchups during the regular season.
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What was the story of the 2022 MLB season continued even into the postseason. The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 5-3 in Game One of the 2022 National League Division Series. The way they did, it was what they’ve done to Padres righty Mike Clevinger throughout his career. Clevinger against the Dodgers now has a 10.29 ERA and has allowed six homers in 14 innings pitched against the Dodgers this season.
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Although the Los Angeles Dodgers can relax briefly while preparing for the beginning of the NLDS next Tuesday, there’s still the matter of determining which team they’ll face, as the Mets and Padres fight for the right to advance through the 2022 postseason’s wildcard series.
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Here is the final road series of the 2022 season, or it might as well be another home series at Dodger Stadium South. Nine games are now left in the season, and the Dodgers have already tied their franchise record in wins in 106.
After the three-game series against the Padres, the Dodgers will commence the season with a six-game set against the Colorado Rockies. Who knows, this Padres series could be a mini playoff series. The Dodgers will face the matchup winner between the fourth and fifth seed, and the fifth seed is currently San Diego. The fourth seed will either be the Braves or the Mets.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers continued to show their dominance of the NL West with an 11-2 win against the Padres on Sunday in San Diego, securing a 2-1 series win and clinching a playoff berth in the National League.
With the victory, the Dodgers took one step closer to yet another NL West division title.
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Games at Dodger Stadium and MLB ballparks will look a bit differently next year, as MLB has instituted the new on-field play rules for the 2023 season.
MLB hopes to improve the pace of play and create more game action. First up is the pitch clock. One person who may not be happy is Pedro Baez. Pitchers have 15 seconds to throw a pitch if the bases are empty, 20 seconds with runners on, and hitters only get one timeout per plate appearance.
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We are now entering the final month of the regular season. With the MLB lockout pushing back the season, the regular season ends a little into October.
Oddly enough, the Dodgers end the season with six straight games against the Rockies.
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