We know about the Yankees and Red Sox. We know about the Cardinals and Cubs. We know about the Dodgers and Giants. But there could be a new rivalry brewing in the National League that could dominate the Sunday Night Baseball lineup for years and years to come.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are going tit-for-tat this offseason and it looks like we have full-blown hatred on our hands. The teams don’t like each other, the fans don’t like each other, and the cities really don’t like each other considering Los Angeles stole away the Chargers just a few years ago.
In a time where it seems like many baseball teams are hesitant to spend money and get better, the Padres and Dodgers are the absolute opposite of that. Both of these teams have been dedicated to spending lots of cash, bringing in the best talent, and locking down their franchise players.
Money Sparks Rivalry
The Padres have invested over $600 million in two players alone over the last two years. That is a figure that is outrageously higher than anything they have done in the entire history of their franchise. I am not sure they have invested $600 million into an entire Opening Day roster before.
These two teams met in the playoffs last season and now it seems like they are going to have some legitimately heated rivalries during the regular season and hopefully the postseason as well.
The Padres are building a really impressive squad and when they are 100 percent healthy, they are going to be really fun to watch. Their offense is headlines by Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, Austin Nola, Jake Cronesworth, and Wil Meyers.
Their rotation was always their weak-link but that has taken a massive step in the right direction after this off-season. Unfortunately for them, Mike Clevinger will be out for the season, but when he returns, he is a number two guy in the rotation for them. On top of that, they now have Blake Snell, a Cy-Young winner, Yu Darvish, a four-time All-Star, Dinelson Lamet, and Chris Paddack. Their bullpen could use some help but it is a really good start.
Then of course, the Dodgers are stacked. Their rotation has Clayton Kershawk, Walker Buehler, Trevor Bauer, Dustin May, and David Price. Then on offense they have Cody Bellinger, Mookie Bets, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Will Smith, and Gavin Lux.
The unique thing about these teams is that their very best players are young guys who should be there for a while. It also helps that the Padres have a squad of former Dodgers like Darvish and Machado that want nothing but the worst for Los Angeles.
The Yankees and Red Sox seem more boring every single year and the Cardinals and Cubs don’t have much flare. If we are looking for a truly new and exciting rivalry in baseball, this could be the one. It is a rivalry based on city hatred and actual talent and that makes it exciting.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com