The reigning National League champions currently sit at 16-24. That is the worst start through 40 games in 60 years. L.A. is eight games out of first place, and one game out of last place in the N.L. West. As if things couldn’t get any worse, the Dodgers are coming off a four-game sweep to the Reds, who had the worst record in the league coming into the weekend.
The Dodgers are currently going through a stretch they haven’t gone through in a long period of time. They’ve won five consecutive division titles, and are coming off their first World Series appearance in nearly three decades. A lot of the blame can be shifted all over the place. For most fans, the blame lied=s heavily on the bullpen, and for good measure. Currently, the bullpen has an ERA of 4.51, which is No. 22 in the MLB. Even more disheartening, the bullpen has 10 losses, which is second worst in baseball.
You can put this on the health of the team as well. Currently, L.A. is missing 3/4 of their infield. Alex Wood is the only starter from the original five-man rotation who hasn’t had injury concerns. Every day it appears the Dodgers are throwing a new team out there. We have yet to see a fully healthy ball club, and looks like we won’t for the remainder of the season.
Someone has got to take the blame, right?
As of late, a lot of fans have been calling for Dave Roberts’ spot. After the rough start, many are saying the Dodgers need to fire Roberts, which is a little extreme. After coming up one game short of winning it all, a lot of pressure is on Roberts. Especially now. Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations, recently spoke with the LA Times about the state of the team, including the future of manager Dave Roberts.
There is no doubt in my mind that he is the right guy to lead this team going forward. The way our minds work is not to assign blame to anyone at this point. It’s to hunker down, all together, and try to solve problems.
I’m very comfortable in saying that, if we had to assign blame at this point, it should be me who is taking that, and not Doc.
It’s saddening that we’ve gotten to the point where Friedman has to publicly take blame for the Dodgers’ struggles. Though the team did lose two of their best bullpen pieces, they are essentially returning every player from last year’s historic team. It’ s great to see him come to the defense of his manager, and Dodgers fans should as well. Baseball is a crazy game, and every team goes through difficult stretches. As fans, we’ve been blessed over the course of the last five years, where we haven’t experienced anything like this. There still are over 120 games left to be played, and the Dodgers have overcome insurmountable deficits before. Frustration is boiling for us fans, but it has to be even worse for the players in that dugout. At this point, we have to continue showing our strong faith for the boys in blue, and continue to ride with them for the remainder of the season!
What do you think? Is Friedman really to blame or does that responsibility fall onto someone else? Let us know in the comments!
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