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Dodgers: 5 Keys For LA to Beat the San Diego Padres in the NLDS

The Dodgers and Padres are in the midst of an intense best-of-five series with a trip to the NLCS on the line. Despite the Dodgers dominating the regular season series, the NLDS has been just about even.

However, the Dodgers haven’t exactly looked like themselves, and should be able to turn this series around if they play like they did during their 111-win regular season.

Our Doug McKain has the five biggest keys to the Dodgers avoiding a monumental collapse and winning the NLDS, including Mookie Betts, situational hitting and figuring out the Padres’ bullpen:

If the Dodgers are able to do the five things Doug mentioned, they should have no problem wrapping this series up.

We know the Dodgers have the talent to win this series (and go all the way in 2022), they just need to play up to their potential.

What do you think are the biggest keys for the Dodgers to win this series? Let us know in the comments below!

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.


  1. It all starts with Mookie!! He needs to get fired up! When he got on base, winning seemed possible, the moment he was thrown out, our hope was gone! 2 for 4 today and we win!!

  2. This 3rd game is an awful lot similar to the first 2 games. We can not manage to get runners in scoring position home. No key hits, at least as of the 4th inning of game 3. I think we are in TROUBLE. SD is outplaying us. There are still 5 innings left for LA to come back and win game 3, but the game so far is more of the same. If we lose today i am not optimistic that we even get to a game 5 back in LA. SD will end it tomorrow.

  3. there is only one key to winning….getting a base hit with runners in scoring position

    1. All season long and continuing in the layoffs; they have difficulty scoring the runner from
      Ever try a squeeze play ?
      Of course not

  4. The fact that a team can play well for five months and then not be allowed to play so the powers in baseball can make more money through an expanded post season is wrong. Atlanta also forced to wait five days before playing in the post season lost. What’s happening now is penalizing the two teams who played the best. What’s the sense in working hard for five months and winning your league when that team gets the shaft. The way it is now favors the wild card teams. Now does that make sense to anyone?!

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