The Dodgers beat the Padres 2-0 on Saturday night. The win was their eighth in a row and brought their record to 13-2. Thirteen and two.
It’s hard to imagine the Dodgers’ quest to repeat as World Series champions getting off to a better start. They lost a sloppy game on Opening Day that served as a wake-up call. They lost an extra-inning game in Oakland when a simple single drove in the ghost runner. That’s it. They’ve won every other time they’ve taken the field in 2021. And they’ve done it even though their MVP center fielder, Cody Bellinger, has been out with a broken leg.
The Dodgers’ starting rotation looks dominant. Their defense looks superb. Justin Turner is hitting .426 with five home runs. Max Muncy has a .469 on-base percentage. They use a former Cy Young Award winner to close out games when their normal closer is tired.
Their dominance has been ridiculous, absurd and silly. They won the World Series last year, and they are even better this year.
And do you want to know the craziest part? The Padres might be one bat away from being just as good.
These games between the Dodgers and Padres have been circled in red ink on the calendar since MLB released the 2021 schedule. Somehow this series has exceeded even the most breathless hype. The Padres want to beat the Dodgers — bad. San Diego fans want to beat the Dodgers — bad. The passion Padres players and spectators have brought with them to Petco Park this weekend has rattled through television speakers in Los Angeles and across the country. It has made the Padres better. It has made the Dodgers better. It has made MLB must-see TV in April.