For the Dodgers in 2022, it’s been a mixed bag, all things considered. The team has performed well despite key injuries and prolonged slumps on offense. And the pitching staff has endured a rash of injuries to ultimately still lead the National League in team ERA (2.98). The club has the best record in the NL at 47-28 and lead the league in run differential (+131) heading into play on Friday night.
But they have struggled winning manager challenges all season long.
On the season, the Dodgers have been successful only 35% of the time when challenging an umpire call on the field (7 successful in 20 challenges). After a headscratcher of a challenge on a Chris Taylor hit by pitch that wasn’t on Thursday night, Dave Roberts was asked before Friday’s contest about his poor record on challenges this year.
When asked, Doc let out an exasperated, “oh that” to the media before sharing his thoughts.
I’m hoping it starts to even out. We just have been on the short end a lot. But we’re working through it.
The manager noted that the staff is talking through its criteria for challenging but still took the blame upon himself.
Ultimately I make the decision to challenge or not challenge and I haven’t been very good. I’ll continue to work through it.
Roberts did address the Taylor challenge, saying that CT3 felt he did get hit by the pitch. The umpire replay center in New York felt differently.
A team’s win/loss record matters a whole lot more than a manager’s challenge record, but it’s still an interesting nugget to watch as the ups and downs of a 162 game season unfold.
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