returning to Los Angeles for the second time. The Padres face yet another make-or-break weekend. Even though the Padres are now good enough to make the playoffs, this season has been especially
one-sided in a rivalry that has been one-sided for most of the last ten years. However, Juan Soto has not yet unleashed his full fury on these Padres-Dodgers contests. That's where I see hope
for San Diego. While the Padres were playing their most recent series at Dodger Stadium, Soto had just been acquired by the team in a trade. They lost all three games in a sweep.
Many Padres supporters are likely at peace with their team's current status in comparison to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Perhaps you've started to feel that way on the inside as well.
For the twelfth time in a row, the Padres will end the season in second place, behind the Dodgers. However,
none of that is known to Soto. One of the most exciting postseason series in recent memory was Soto's lone previous experience playing in big games at Dodger Stadium. Soto's monster eighth-inning
home run off Clayton Kershaw helped his Nationals win the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 2019 NL Division Series. Thus, while the Padres have been, without a doubt, second best to the Dodgers for the past
in early August and had lost eight of 10 games versus the Dodgers this season. "At what stage?" Soto said, apparently shocked that a gap would even be suggested. Soto continued,
"We're both in the big leagues." We're equally capable of playing. Our team is filled with talented individuals. Likewise, they boast a strong roster of talented players.