Regardless of what rumblings on social media may attempt to let you know, this flurry of exercise in San Diego isn’t in regards to the Dodgers.
The offers — right here’s a breakdown of that plethora of strikes — the Padres have revamped the previous few days will not be about ending first within the NL West. That might be good, after all, but it surely’s not the final word purpose. The Padres’ final purpose entails cake. Massive cake.
World Sequence cake, people.
“We’re aiming for the large cake,” Fernando Tatis Jr. stated. “Why not? Let’s go win a World Sequence.”
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) July 23, 2020
And the place the Padres end the common season in relation to the Dodgers — particularly in 2020 — solely makes a small affect on San Diego’s probabilities of consuming that cake.
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Keep in mind, in 2020 there are not any postseason byes. Each one of many 16 groups that makes the postseason performs a best-of-three collection, and it’s completely potential these video games will likely be performed in neutral-site areas. If baseball’s bubble occurs, general seeding won’t ever be much less vital.
And that’s good for Padres followers, as a result of right here’s the reality: Over an extended haul — be it a month or three months or six months — this revamped Padres roster nonetheless isn’t as strong because the Dodgers’ roster. Can the Padres catch L.A. within the NL West standings — they enter play Monday 5 video games again, however tied for the second-best report within the NL — by the top of August? Attainable, however not going.
Even with the upgraded pitching rotation, the Friars can’t match the starters the Dodgers are rolling out on a nightly foundation. The Dodgers, as their 26-10 report signifies, are the most effective group in baseball and are on tempo to complete first within the NL West for the seventh yr in a row.
However in a five- or seven-game collection in October? That’s a totally completely different clergyman.
If the Padres are rolling out Chris Paddock, Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, with Zack Davies as a fourth man, and have Drew Pomeranz and Trevor Rosenthal behind the bullpen, with the potential returns of Austin Adams and Kirby Yates?
And with a lineup together with MVP candidate Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Tommy Pham (when he returns from damage), Jake Cronenworth — he of the quietest .361 common/183 OPS+ in MLB historical past — Eric Hosmer, Austin Nola, Wil Myers and Trent Grisham?
That’s great things. That’s the form of group that might unseat the Dodgers when it issues most, in a brief (comparatively talking) collection in October.
And that’s the place they serve the cake.