Padres set to meet Dodgers in NLDS

The San Diego Padres will get another chance to slay “the dragon up the freeway.”

With their win over the New York Mets Sunday night, the Padres won their best-of-three wild-card series and advanced to face the Dodgers in a best-of-five National League Division Series beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

Game 1 will start at 6:37 p.m. with Game 2 on Wednesday starting one hour earlier. Both games will be televised on FS1.

After an off day Thursday, the series will continue at Petco Park in San Diego on Friday and Saturday (if necessary) with a potential Game 5 at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

Following their mid-season acquisitions of Juan Soto, Josh Hader, Brandon Drury and Josh Bell in mid-season trades, Padres chairman Peter Seidler (grandson of Walter O’Malley and nephew of Peter O’Malley) called the Dodgers “the dragon up the freeway that we’re trying to slay” during a national television broadcast.

The Padres have not been very good at the stated mission.

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The neighboring franchises met in the postseason for the first time in 2020’s “bubble” at Globe Life Field in Texas. The Dodgers swept the Padres in three games, outscoring them 23-9 in the NLDS.

Since then, the Dodgers have continued to dominate them in the regular season, winning 23 of the past 28 meetings including 14 of 19 this season.