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"The Padres’ chance to beat the Dodgers in a five-game series the way they beat the Cardinals -- getting 18 outs from their starting pitchers -- is zero. They don’t need Clevinger to be the pitcher he was in 2018 and 2019, but they need him to give them innings. They’ll need Chris Paddack and Zach Davies [pats back for not writing “Kyle”] to work deeper. The Padres have a deep and talented bullpen; pitchers outside of Paddack and Davies combined to allow six runs in 22 2/3 innings and throw a shutout in the clincher. No pen, though, is deep enough to throw six or seven good innings a night for three, four, five nights straight."