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Dodgers and Padres... rivals? Not just yet

If the Dodgers and Padres aren’t rivals yet, one big playoff series can change everything.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

When you think of rivals, more specifically, division rivals, you think of the Yankees and the Red Sox, the Cardinals and the Cubs, and the Dodgers and the Giants. Do you think about the Dodgers and Padres?

Up to this point, most people would answer no. However, with the Padres taking Game 2 of the NLDS and putting pressure on the Dodgers, Jim Alexander of the Orange County Register writes about how this may just be the start to a new west coast rivalry.

Typically, rivalries are two-sided. It is no secret that the Dodgers have been somewhat of a “big brother” to the Padres over the last twenty-plus years. In the regular season this year, the Dodgers went 14-5 against San Diego and packed Petco Park every single time the Dodgers traveled south, so much so that the Padres organization has put restrictions on who can buy tickets for the upcoming games and who can’t. News flash, if you’re from Los Angeles County, you can’t.

But as Alexander writes, one dramatic playoff series can change everything. It’s now on the Dodgers to remind San Diego who runs the show in Southern California.

Read Alexander’s complete article here.

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