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Dodgers NLDS: Dave Roberts Says All Hands on Deck for Game 5

Every man up!

Dave Roberts addresses the media on workout day ahead of the 2019 NLDS.

Ahead of game 5 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about what we were all expecting. He’s emptying the bullpen in a must win.

We already knew the plan would start with fireballing ace Walker Buehler and follow up with Clayton Kershaw at any point out of the bullpen. Now we know that Doc is ready to call on anyone in almost any situation. Where fans have pause is in the tough series stats for lefty Julio Urias, and righties Pedro Baez and Joe Kelly.

The three have combined to allow 6 earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched (10.13 ERA). The true lights-out arms from the ‘pen have been mid-season pick up Adam Kolarek, and starter-turned-reliever Kenta Maeda who haven’t been scored upon in 4.2 IP.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has been neutralized in this series, appearing only once in 4 games. Importantly, he tossed a scoreless inning while recording 2 strikeouts.

One name that you may be hard pressed to find in the game — even though he told Roberts he’s available — is Hyun-Jin Ryu. Wednesday would mark only 3 days since Ryu started game 3, and that stress is not something the front office is necessarily open to add to his surgically repair shoulder.

For everything you need to know about game 5, please check this post out.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. There’s going to be power outages in California tomorrow and it’s going to symbolize the Dodgers bats having an outage. The Illuminati and masons control your sports

  2. I wanted to write this in the space about Roberts and game 4, but there were 52 comments there, so here goes.
    If the puppet manager Roberts and Freidman, who pulls his strings, loose this game tonight, I’m done with the team of my youth, middle and old age. Roberts always defends his stupid decisions instead of admitting he was WRONG. The list is endless – see several of them in the other post with 52 comments.

    • Me too and I was only born in the 90’s yet I’ve seen enough incompetence for a lifetime with this organization throughout my life

    • I became a Dodger fan when they still played in Brooklyn. Duke Snyder was my hero. I remember the newspaper headlines when Roy Campanella was hurt in a car crash. And I also remember our nemesis, the Yankees. But this asshat of a manger and jerk Freidman deserve to be run out of town. How can you bring in Kershaw with his postseason record? And Joe ‘effin Kelly? What the hell were you thinking Roberts/Friedman? Given the problems those two pitchers already had in this series you have to be crazy to put all your chips on them with the playoffs on the line. Bellinger has been in a slump for almost the last half of the season. Where were the hitting coaches? And Friedman, you couldn’t get a high-quality starter for the WS run? 106 wins down the crapper. My wife is a Red Sox fan but at least she didn’t have to wait for the playoffs for her team to collapse. They did that out of the gate.

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