They swept the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, winning Game 3 of the NLDS easily by the score of 12-3. Now they move on to face the Atlanta Braves in the next round, one step closer to winning the only series that truly matters for them this year.
It’s probably a bit unfair to all the exciting things the San Diego Padres accomplished this year to dismiss them as three more wins on the Dodgers’ quest to finally win a World Series — but in the grand view, that’s what this series was.
It’s a World Series-or-bust year for the Dodgers after so many postseason disappointments and a bold offseason when they acquired Mookie Betts. They rolled past everyone in the short 60-game regular season and now they haven’t lost a game in the postseason. Heck, they’ve only trailed for two-and-a-half innings the entire postseason thus far.
Their Game 3 victory was similar to what we’ve seen from the Dodgers so far — a balanced offensive approach that just grinds down opponents. Sure, they can hit the ball over the fence, but they can also string together five-run rallies with a handful of base hits like they did in the third inning here.