Nine concerns for the Dodgers facing the Padres in the NLDS

San Diego's Juan Soto plays the San Francisco Giants on October 3rd.

San Diego’s Juan Soto plays the San Francisco Giants on October 3rd.

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When the Padres sent six prospective buyers to Washington on August 2 to acquire Soto, they figured they were getting one of baseball’s best young hitters, a right-handed right fielder with elite power and record discipline.

But the 23-year-old Soto struggled from tightness in late August, finishing the season on a .198 hit (22 for 111) with .679 OPS, three homers, five doubles, 10 RBIs, 14 runs, 22 strikeouts and 26 walks in 32 games since 29.08.

The Padres need Soto to hit more than he did in the 2019 postseason, when he hit .277 in 17 games with .927 OPS, five home runs and 14 RBIs to lead the Nationals to the World Series title. Two hard-hitting singles in Game 2 and two hits, including a two-run single, in Game 3 against the Mets could bode well.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-10-09/nine-concerns-dodgers-padres-mlb-nlds-playoffs Nine concerns for the Dodgers facing the Padres in the NLDS

Emma Bowman

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