Friday night was a little bit of a rollercoaster for Dodgers fans. After taking a commanding 4-run lead into the 7th inning, the bullpen sort of imploded and allowed the Mets to come roaring back. All of that just so Will Smith could hit a 2-run bomb in extra and give them
But a move in the 7th inning really had Dodgers fans up in arms. Brusdar Graterol struck out the first 2 batters of the inning before giving up a double to Michael Conforto. That’s when Doc made the switch and went to Justin Bruihl. The Mets would proceed to score 3 runs before Blake Treinen entered. They scored a 4th to then tie it on a passed ball.
After the game. Roberts was asked to explain his decision to remove Graterol. The Dodgers skipper cited the run of hitters and Brusdar’s recent workload as a reason for pulling him out and going with the lefty.
Looking at the next three or four hitters, they were left-handed. This was three of four (games) for Brusdar. We haven’t done that very often to him. For him to pitch today, it was a conversation. Justin has been good for us. So to give him two cracks to get through that inning to get the ball to the eighth and to not push Brusdar, I thought it was the best chance to get through that inning. A couple of unlucky, soft balls that got outfield grass.
Granted, Brusdar has gotten some work in recently. But he had also thrown just 9 pitches and there was no reason to think he didn’t have anything left in the tank. But Doc felt otherwise and went to the Dodgers lefty.
It seemed like an odd decision, and it’s a little bit easier to criticize when the Dodgers went on to give up the lead. But the good news is that they did get the win and Brusdar is looking great in recent outings.