A series of controversial moves by Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts has seen his approval ratings plummet over the last few weeks. Late inning bullpen decisions and questionable lineups have been questioned by fans following several heartbreaking losses in a row.
Every week since May 22, the Dodgers Nation twitter account has released a series of polls to gauge fan approval of the Dodgers’ performance throughout the season. None of the results of these polls have been as dynamic as those gauging Dave Roberts.
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By the All-Star break, Roberts approval ratings were at their highest point of the season. When asked “Do you approve of Dave Roberts job so far this season?” on July 23, 80% of responders said yes, with only 5% responding no. Those approval numbers have dropped significantly since then. Just take a look at this graph:
The most recent poll, conducted on August 13, showed his lowest approval rating since May 22 at only 45%:
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 13, 2018
These results are hardly surprising considering what happened on the Dodgers most recent road trip. Their series in Colorado was tragic, giving up leads to the Rockies in late innings for three straight games. Two of those games ended in walk-offs via a three-run home run and a bases-loaded walk.
The blame has fallen mostly on Roberts who, with Kenley Jansen sidelined, has struggled to fill the All-Star’s role.
Fans on twitter gave their view of Roberts’ decision making:
The Dodgers should have a 5-6 game lead right now. This talented Dodgers team has no consistent batting lineup (that scores 3-4 runs a game?), defensive lineup (set a line up) & relief pitching (blowing games). Too many questionable decisions that lead to losing winnable games.
— JediRamsFan (@jediramsfan) August 13, 2018
He needs to figure out the bullpen on his own and not just rely on analytics. He has no feel for it right now and looks clueless.
— Michael Chavez (@mchavez5846) August 13, 2018
How do you feel about Roberts’ performance as of late? Can the blame for the Dodgers’ poor performance be placed squarely on his shoulders? If not, who does he share the burden with?
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