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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Thinks This Team is the Best in Baseball

I mean…hard to argue this point from Dave.



The full power of the Dodgers roster was on display on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Sort of. LA got Mookie Betts back in the lineup but are still without Cody Bellinger, who went down with a calf injury against the A’s last week.

But the Dodgers had Trevor Bauer on the hill and he was nearly flawless. Bauer tossed 7 shutout innings and racked up 9 more strikeouts to add to his impressive start to the 2021 season. The Dodgers also clubbed 4 homeruns and put up 7 runs on the board. 

The Dodgers were also able to bring on David Price in relief despite being up 7 runs late in the game. The fact that they can bring in a former Cy Young winner in borderline mop-up duty really speaks to the incredible depth across the entire roster.

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The Dodgers are so deep that Dave Roberts thinks they are the best team in baseball, at least on paper. When asked if any team could match up against them talent-wise, Doc had this to say.   

On paper, I think we’re the best team. And that’s why you gotta go play the games and our guys understand that. On the pitching side, the position player side there’s a lot of talent and there’s a lot of depth. We’re going to enjoy this one, we played a good, clean baseball game and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow. 

The early part of the season has truly revealed just how deep the Dodgers are. Without Bellinger and Mookie Betts, guys like Zach McKinstry stepped up and made a huge impact. That’s part of the reason they’ve been able to start the year with a 9-2 record. 

They’ve also been able to overcome Joe Kelly and Brudar Graterol not being ready to start the year, as well as an injury to Tony Gonsolin. If there is any team built to dominate a 162-game season, it’s the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The game was so lopsided & boring last nite Orel & Joe Davis were debating if Sumo Wrestling was an Olympic sport by the 4th inning.

  2. Too bad the coaching staff isn’t the best in baseball. It’s only a matter of time before Roberts outsmarts himself.

    Oh, wait…that already happened using Jansen in back to back games. But, I digress…

    • The coaching staff IS the best in baseball. doc is a great coach and the players love him. They play hard for him and the other coaches every game, every inning, every pitch. so the entire team, players and coaches are the best in baseball, going for their 9th consecutive Division Championship and 2nd consecutive World Series Championship!

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