It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Dodgers had the San Diego Padres‘ number during the regular season.
In 19 regular season meetings, the Padres managed to win just five times against the Dodgers.
These two teams are locked in a tight series right now in the NLDS, with each team trading victories in the first two games.
The series now shifts to San Diego.
While the Dodgers are the overwhelming favorites, there is something that the Padres can hold onto.
Three of their five wins against Los Angeles were walk-off wins, and they accounted for half of the games the Dodgers lost in walk-off fashion.
Also of note: two of those games were in September.
The Dodgers have only lost 6 times this season on a walk-off and 3 came at the hands of the Padres at Petco Park.
(and 2 of those were in September.)
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) October 13, 2022
A Padres Silver Lining
If there’s any sort of recent success against the Dodgers that the Padres can fall back on, this would be it.
It doesn’t change the fact that the Dodgers are the heavy favorites, nor does it change the results of the season series between these two ballclubs.
But it is a little something that the Padres can look to for inspiration, especially after winning Game 2 at Dodger Stadium.
With two of those wins coming in September, and three of them being walk-off wins, there is some hope for the Padres that they could potentially find a way to come up with some clutch hits late in the game.
It’s certainly not impossible
The Padres will have Blake Snell on the mound for Game 3, and he’ll go against Tony Gonsolin.
The game will start at 8:37 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday.
Game 4 will take place on Saturday at 9:37 Eastern.
We’ll see if the Padres can come up with some walk-off wins in the two games in San Diego.