The 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers, much like recent versions of this franchise, are an upper-echelon team.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were awful in 2021, but had started 2022 by playing .500 ball when they met the Dodgers for a series that started on Monday.
After the series finale on Wednesday, the D-Backs are back to being a sub-.500 team: they were swept in a clear reminder about who runs the NL West division.
“The Dodgers won, 5-3. They are 25-12. They played four games against the Diamondbacks in a span of 42 hours and won all of them. Walker Buehler went 5 IP and allowed two runs. Justin Turner slugged a three-run homer. They have an off day tomorrow before going to Philadelphia,” The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya tweeted.
The Dodgers won, 5-3. They are 25-12. They played four games against the Diamondbacks in a span of 42 hours and won all of them.
Walker Buehler went 5 IP and allowed two runs. Justin Turner slugged a three-run homer.
They have an off day tomorrow before going to Philadelphia.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 18, 2022
This version of the Diamondbacks looks more competitive than last year’s but first, that’s not a high bar to clear, and second, the Dodgers are still way better, perhaps the best team in baseball together with the New York Yankees.
The Dodgers Are Just Too Good For The Diamondbacks
The talent gap between Arizona and Los Angeles is simply too large, and it became evident after the four-game series sweep.
Now, the D-Backs boast a 18-21 record, which is the worst in the division.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, have managed to overcome some key absences to remain at the top.
Their 25-12 record is the best in the National League and the second-best in the majors behind the Yankees.
They are, as an organization, a tier above everybody else.
The San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants will be a threat all season, but Los Angeles is good and deep enough to come out on top when all is said and done.