Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Downplays Series Win Over Padres
The Dodgers went to San Diego and won two of three games this weekend, taking away a potential banner-hanging series for the Padres.
In what probably felt like the World Series to Padres fans — something they’ve experienced just twice (and never won) — this was just another series in May for the Dodgers.
Yes, maybe the Padres added a little more fuel to the Dodgers’ fire after displaying an immature and classless meme of Clayton Kershaw crying after the first game, but overall, it was just another series win for the Dodgers.
After the series-clinching win on Sunday, in which Mookie Betts hit a game-tying home run off of Padres closer Josh Hader with two outs in the 9th inning, Betts didn’t have much to say about the victory (per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register).
“It’s May,” Betts said. “We have a lot more baseball to play. It’s a good series win but it doesn’t mean anything more than we just won a series.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a similar sentiment, although he did think it was good for the team to get a series win in an environment that felt like more than just a regular season series in May — at least to the home team.
“I don’t know about a statement,” Roberts said when asked about the significance of the result. “But I just think that it was good for us to come in here, in a fun environment, and win a series.”
The Dodgers are playing great baseball right now, winners of eight of their last nine against the Cardinals, Phillies and Padres.
The Dodgers head to Milwaukee with a 1.5 game lead over the second-place Diamondbacks in the NL West, and a three game lead over the third-place Padres.
After a weird offseason and rocky start to the year, the Dodgers have settled in. The starting pitching is much better, the bullpen is much better and the offense is showing signs of life.
These are the Dodgers we’ve become accustomed to watching, and they should continue this momentum into another successful May.
But, like Betts said, it’s just May. We have a lot of baseball ahead of us this year.
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