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Juan Soto Thinks Dodgers Should Be Worried About the Padres

The Dodgers and Padres won’t face off for the first time this season until the first weekend in May but there’s already plenty of hype leading up to the matchup. San Diego enters the season with all the headlines after an expensive offseason of signings. Add in the club finally “slaying the dragon” and beating the 111 win Dodgers in the NLDS last October, and there’s certainly a lot to look forward to in 2023.

Padres star outfielder Juan Soto got the internet fodder going early with an appearance on TBS where he said it’s time for the Dodgers to start worrying about the Pads.

“We’re not worrying about them. They should be worrying about us. I mean, we showed up last year. I mean, we showed them what we have in the playoffs. And we just came up, played good baseball and beat them. Now, we add more players, we have more depth in our lineup, our bullpen is great, I always say we have one of the best bullpens in the league. And I think they should be worrying about us, we aren’t worrying about anybody.”

As the Dodgers will tell you from last season, it doesn’t matter what happens in the regular season, it’s the postseason that matters.

Heading into play on Wednesday, neither team has really got out to a great start. LA is 6-6 and San Diego sits a game head at 7-5 but with a weak +5 run differential. The Dodgers lead the National League in OPS with a .831 clip, nearly 100 points better than the Padres who sit in 10th. Of course, the Pads are playing without superstar slugger Fernando Tatis to open the season.

Nando will be back when these teams match up at Petco Park on May 5th. And again when the Padres come to LA one week later. It’s going to be wild.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor and manager of, and a host and analyst on DN's Blue Heaven podcast live stream. Since joining Dodgers Nation, Clint has helped grow the site into a top-50 baseball website in the world. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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