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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Not Worried About LA’s First Shutout Since 2019

The Dodgers manager offered up two reasons why the Dodgers endured their first shutout loss in a very long time.



The streak is over. After 162 consecutive games of scoring at least one run, the Dodgers put up a big ‘ol bagel on Wednesday night against Zack Wheeler and the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Dave Roberts believes there were two main factors that contributed to streak finally being broken.

Coming into the game, the Phillies ace owned a 2.15 ERA and an impressive 0.93 WHIP. Throw in the Dodgers rash of injuries, and you have the perfect cocktail for an offensive blackout.

That being said, manager Dave Roberts thought it was only a matter of time before the Dodgers endured a shutout loss.

“We haven’t had a lot of our guys all year and it’s the first time…”

To his credit, Roberts didn’t just blame the first time in a long time on Seager, Bellinger, and Muncy being out of the lineup. Doc also gave plenty of credit to Wheeler. Wheeler allowed just five hits total in six innings pitched. None of them were for extra bases.

“The odds, regardless of who you have, it’s bound to happen. Zack threw a heck of a ballgame.”

The Phillies bullpen took care of the rest. In fact, the Dodgers didn’t record a hit in the final three innings of the game. The Dodgers only two baserunners both reached via HBP, compliments of the Phillies Hector Neris.

Final Thoughts

On a positive note, the Dodgers have won five of their last six and begin a three game set against the worst team in baseball – Arizona.

Roberts and the Dodgers need to win the series at a minimum, if not sweep, to keep pace with the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are fresh off their own sweep of Arizona. San Francisco hosts Philadelphia this weekend.

The Dodgers likely won’t put together another streak quite like the one that just ended, but nights like Wednesday should still be few and far between.

Roberts and the Dodgers are counting on it.

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Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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  1. It would appear, that Roberts is “not worried” about anything. If the team tanked, would he feel the same?? it already feels the team is deflated. It feels as if, Roberts/Friedman & co are just happy with winning it last year and this year is “who cares.”

  2. Teams lining up their rotation w/ lefties and BP lefties , knowing the Dodger’s weakness to hit these guys, why they don’t have a lefty throwing in batting practice? Having only a righty throw every BP trains the eye to see ball only on one side of the arm. All of a sudden when game time comes, the ball looks completely different from the left arm regardless of what the pitcher throws. Again I see today’s pregame a righty is throwing BP. C’mon Doc even Lasorda threw a bunch of BP and even antagonized the guys at the same time when not doing it correctly.

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