The Dodgers and Padres are must-see TV. You have the star power in Mookie Betts, Juan Soto, Freddie Freeman, Manny Machado, and many more. You have the simple fact that they’re in the same division and are about 120 miles away from each other. And, of course, you have the fan rivalry with both sides going at it whether it’s exchanged in person or taking jabs at each other through social media.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts participated in the “rivalry” and took a shot at San Diego’s late game decision to put position player Matthew Batten on the mound. OC Register’s Jim Alexander shares Robert’s thoughts on the decision.
“No wonder Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided he didn’t want to ‘put any of my position players up there against a softball player, a pitcher throwing an eephus ball.’”
Now that’s cold.
With the blowout on Friday, Padres sent out Batten to the mound so Roberts countered. The Dodgers skipper replaced All-Star Freddie Freeman with another All-Star, pitcher Tyler Anderson. Anderson pinch hit for Freeman and struck out on a nasty 53 MPH pitch by Batten.
The Dodgers have dominated San Diego, specifically, in the past 11 years. Since 2011, the Dodgers are 124-62 against their Southern California counterparts and have won 6 of the first 8 games this season. The Dodgers will look to go 7-for-9 tonight.