LOS ANGELES — Manny Machado expressed utter shock when reporters approached him within the wake of the San Diego Padres’ weekend sweep by the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
To him — and, he believes, to the remainder of his clubhouse — it was only one recreation and one sequence within the midst of many, by no means indicative of any hole that exists between the 2 division rivals.
“Keep playing baseball,” Machado stated, talking after the Padres’ 4-0 loss at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, when requested what he took away from that sequence. “It’s plain and simple. Nothing else to it.”
This sequence, although, was ripe for hyper-examination, flawed because the method may be for a sport that may confound in smaller pattern sizes. Earlier within the week, the Padres had traded for 23-year-old celebrity Juan Soto — in addition to Josh Bell, Brandon Drury and Josh Hader — in a daring try to vault themselves into World Sequence rivalry and eventually take down the Dodgers.
They arrived in L.A. with slim possibilities of gaining notable floor within the Nationwide League West however with sights set on measuring their new workforce in opposition to arguably the very best within the sport.
However the Padres fell behind by eight runs early Friday, rapidly blew a small lead halfway by means of Saturday’s recreation and hardly stood an opportunity in opposition to Tyler Anderson on Sunday. The Padres are actually 2-8 in opposition to the Dodgers this season and have fallen 15½ video games behind them within the division.
On condition that, Machado was requested if he was involved about how the Padres match up with the Dodgers — a workforce they appear destined to face within the postseason.
“Concerned?” he shot again. “Why would I be concerned? Not at all.”
What gave him that confidence?
“I’m f—ing Manny Machado,” he quipped.
The Padres do not simply have Machado, in fact. Additionally they have Soto. And Bell. And Drury. And Jake Cronenworth. Over these final three video games, these 5 went a mixed 6-for-49. The Padres imagine that group shall be significantly better, in fact — as they need to. And they’re additionally eyeing the prospect of including again Fernando Tatis Jr., one of the crucial electrifying gamers within the sport, to the lineup in per week or two.
These names, coupled with a star-studded pitching employees, make the Padres imagine they’re nearly as good as anybody, even the Dodgers. And that one three-game sequence should not imply a lot past that. It was a sentiment echoed by many within the Dodger Stadium visiting clubhouse Sunday evening, specifically Soto, Cronenworth, Wil Myers and Padres supervisor Bob Melvin.
Machado, defensive but definitive, most likely spoke to it greatest.
“We know what we have and that’s it,” he stated, later including: “We have no pressure in here. We’re going out there and playing baseball every single day. Whatever that day brings us, we’re gonna go out there and give it all we have.”