The series between the Dodgers and Padres this past weekend was filled with so much excitement that it’s hard to fathom another 16 games between the division foes. Luckily, we don’t have to wait very long with the second series scheduled to begin this coming Thursday.
One of the early storylines when it comes to these two teams has been the starting pitching. Both rotations are filled with incredibly talented arms, and they proved it this past weekend with some tightly contested ballgames.
In a chat with AM570 on Monday, LA Times reporter Dylan Hernández was a special guest on the Roggin and Rodney show and had some interesting thoughts on the Dodgers/Padres rivalry.
In a seven game series, the deeper team has the advantage. In a five game sprint, with the way these Padres are set up, it could be like a real threat there. You’ve got a guy in Yu Darvish. I think when he’s right, he’s actually the best pitcher on either team.
There’s a lot to unpack from that quote, but you have to start by looking at Darvish’s most recent outing against the Dodgers. You know, the one where he was outmatched by the one and only Clayton Kershaw. The same outing where he surrendered the first run of the game by walking the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded.
This isn’t to say that Darvish isn’t an excellent pitcher, because he most definitely is. His track record speaks for itself, and he should have had a 2017 world title added to his resume. But while he may be an excellent pitcher, calling him the best between the two clubs is shortsighted. Throw in the fact that the quote is coming from a Dodgers reporter, and you truly have to wonder why it was said at all.
Hernández put out an article in which he warns that the Padres are a serious threat this season, which is completely accurate. This is the best version of San Diego in recent history, and it will be a fun season series to keep an eye on.
The Dodgers will get their next crack at Darvish on Friday evening during the second game of a four-game series.