The Dodgers lost 3 of 4 to the Padres this past weekend and did so in spectacularly frustrating fashion. In Sunday’s heartbreaker loss, Dodger hitters left a total of 42 (!!!!!) runners on base while blowing a 6 run lead over the Friars. That level of ineptitude takes if from tip your cap to them to maybe we need to be looking inward at what this LA ballclub is made of.
Look, we all want to put the Padres series behind us, but it exposed some big issues and weaknesses for the Dodgers.
“They outplayed us,” Dave Roberts said after the loss. “All the games were close but yeah, seven games, they outplayed us. That’s baseball. We’ve got to regroup and get ready for the Reds.”
Certainly, in the early goings, San Diego has looked like the better team. But I personally do not agree with the idea that their success against LA is exclusively because they’ve outplayed them.
For the Dodgers, the starting pitching has been there, but the bullpen has left much to be desired. Dodger batters are, for the most part, fine at getting on base, but have been snake-bit-to-downright-bad at driving home runners. The bench has been awful filling in for injured regulars like Cody Bellinger and Gavin Lux.
And, now saddled once again with National League rules and no universal DH, Dave Roberts is back showing his inability to pull the right strings at the right times. The biggest example from Sunday being that Doc burned his bench early and was forced to bat Clayton Kershaw with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th inning.
Unsurprisingly, Dave liked Clayton in that spot right there.
Kershaw — who, reminder, didn’t face a single pitcher last season thanks to the DH — also unsurprisingly struck out.
The Padres outplayed the Dodgers, sure. But Jayce Tingler way outmanaged Dave Roberts. On Sunday and over the series in LA.