Dodgers vs. Padres Head to Head: Which Team Has the Better Starting Pitching?

In a very slow developing MLB offseason, the San Diego Padres made big splashes acquiring two ace level pitchers in less than 24 hours, in Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs. Then a few weeks later, they added righty Joe Musgrove from the Pittsburg Pirates to round out their rotation for the 2021 season.

We break down the Padres starting rotation and assess how San Diego stacks up with the star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers staff. We pick between Walker Buehler and Blake Snell, Clayton Kershaw and Yu Darvish, David Price and Dinelson Lamet and more!

Plus, do the Padres pose a legitimate threat to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and will either team land Trevor Bauer?


Who has the better rotation for the 2021 season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres? Let us know down below in the comments!


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  1. IDK about who actually has the better pitching just yet, as off season is far from over. However at the moment I believe Padres have an offensive edge, and that’s because of Dodgers a bit lacking in the RH hitters box.

  2. Padres will fail, they fail to catch the ball (1st baseman) throw to the wrong base. They made 10 misplays in the play-off with Dodgers some called errors some not. Their manager argued ball and strikes which by rule is automatic ejection and then was surprised. Did the Padres caused the TJ surgery in Clevenger by having him in 1 inning, I think managers should protect players from there self.

  3. When you put them side by side, it’s as close to a wash as can be.


    none of these match-ups has a clear winner. it will come down to which team suffers more injuries, and whether there are any big discrepancies between expectations and actual performance. comparing the position players and relief pitchers yields similar comparatives. these teams are probably the best in baseball, and it should be an epic rivalry for years to come. congrats on padres management for rising to the challenge.

    1. While I give props to the Padre Management in building a very good team. I believe the Dodgers are slightly better in the rotation in that Urias is just coming into his power years and has proven his mental toughness and Price if he is back to most of his pre-wrist problems is better than Musgrove. If the Dodger re-sign Turner then they are a push in the infield although better overall at catcher and they win in the Outfield.
      So I say the Dodgers overall are still the better team.
      And Kershaw and Buehler are as competitive as a player can be.I would not bet against them.

      1. I’d be pretty shocked if Turner isn’t retained, I think there’s been a lot of posturing on both sides, but I expect a deal to get done real soon. I can also see them adding a bat like Ryan Braun, he should come cheap enough, he’s a bit past his expiration date, but an established lefty killer, and some insurance for the fragile Pollack. I’m ready for the season to start, so tired of all these tedious and often predictably absurd rumors, one thing the Dodgers don’t do is leak their hand.

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