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Dodgers 2021 Season Post Mortem, Early Offseason Thoughts And More | Blue Heaven Podcast



The Dodgers fell to the Braves in 6 games in the NLCS and went home early once again. With that, it’s unfortunately now time to look ahead at what is set to be a busy offseason for the LA front office. But first, we look back at the 2021 season and where things really started going wrong for these Dodgers.

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Injuries tell the greater story of the campaign with Dustin May being the biggest early loss. Despite that happening all the way back in May, it just might have proven to be most costly in October. The narrow view, short version of the story sees LA relying heavily on Walker Buehler and Julio Urias without a quality young innings eater like Dustin around which led to the pair of aces burning out when it mattered most.

Of course, no early postseason exit would be complete without discussions on managerial decisions made by Dave Roberts. We talk about the “fire Dave Roberts” crowd and whether analytics should be ditched in October.

Moving to offseason talk, the guys pick their top trade candidates for the winter ahead plus the boldest of a bold take

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Join your Blue Heaven hosts, Clint Pasillas and Brook Smith, as they talk about this week in Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball. We share the opinions of our 800,000+ fans from Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook to gain insight on what the fans are thinking and do our best to represent all perspectives in the Dodgers Community. Look out for special interviews with other bloggers, celebrities, players, and more, along with giveaways for the best fans on earth!

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Analytics most definitely need to be trashed in October! Eyeballs and noodles win in October not nerds! D-Rays are the prime example!

  2. My question is: how did our Pitching Staff get decimated? Dave Roberts analytics obviously did not work on our Pitching Staff! The theory/reasoning was don’t let any of our starting ptichers go over 100 ptiches or 6 innings. Save them to have healthy arms for the post season. It seemed that all of our starting ptichers got ‘tired arms’ anyway and could not hit targets outside of the middle of the plate in key situations.
    In regards to our relief pitchers, keep them in for only 1 inning and bring the next guy in. The problem with that: while your 1st reliever may have an up day – getting 3 outs with less than 15 pitches and maybe striking out 2 of the 3 batters, bring in the next guy, who might not have an up day and give up hits (or worse yet, a freebie like a walk or hit batter and now you’re in trouble. The analytics to keep them to 1 inning or because the next batter is left handed and therefore bring a left-handed reliever in (or vice versa) does NOT work. If your reliever is ON, leave him in for a couple of innings – don’t be afraid to over use them. The analytic formula did NOT work for our relief corp either! How many of them went down during the season. I’m not sure whether to blame the front office or Dave Roberts for these analytics for our pitching staff. Our pitching coach deserves part of the blame – he needed to oppose Robert’s analytic plan and obviously did not or could not..

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