Dodgers NLDS Preview: Padres Are Getting Healthier Ahead of the Matchup
The Dodgers are Padres are set to square off in one of the most exciting series of the 2020 postseason. It may only be the NLDS. but it’s shaping up to have a World Series type of atmosphere already.
The Dodgers go into the series as the healthier team of the two. San Diego had to get through the Wild Card Series without their two best starting pitchers in Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger. But there is good news for the Padres, it looks like those two guys are making progress.
Dinelson Lamet and Mike Clevinger both played catch this morning at Petco Park.
Could they be available next week?
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) October 2, 2020
That good news got even better on Saturday afternoon when it was announced that Clevinger really could make a return. While Lamet is certainly the better of the two, Cleinvger makes the Dodgers jobs difficult as well.
Potential huge news for the @Padres. Hearing Mike Clevenger could return to the mound against the @Dodgers in the NLDS. If so, this could be impactful.
— The Pedro Gomez Foundation (@PGFoundation_) October 3, 2020
Lamet put up a sparkling 2.09 ERA and 2.48 FIP in 12 starts until he was shut down with biceps discomfort. Clevinger made 4 starts for the Padres, and they went much better than his time with Cleveland in 2020. Clev put together a 2.84 ERA and 2.35 FIP in his limited showing for an Diego.
While the Padres were able to sneak by the Cardinals without these two guys, there is no way they outlast a 5-game series if they are not healthy. If they are healthy, the Dodgers could be in for a real fight.
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I can only say that if Dodgers perform offensivelyagainst the Padres as they showed against the Brewers. The series outcome will be completely different and the Padres will advance to the NLCS instead of Dodgers, it’s as simple as that.