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Dodgers Players and Coaches Talk About the Problematic Strike Zone Over the Weekend

The umpires in the Padres series were…not great.



The Dodgers and Padres played the final game of their series on Sunday in San Diego. And while Los Angeles did not walk away with the win, that was not the main topic of conversation. Instead, fans couldn’t help but point out how bad the umpiring was during the series. 

And to be fair, it was equally bad for both sides. The Dodgers and Padres both had a few batters rung up on some incredibly questionable pitches. But it just so happened that LA had them rung up down a few runs in the 9th innings.

Most notably, Justin Turner took a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be 4 inches off of the plate for a called strike three. If the Dodgers were going to build any momentum in the 9th inning, that crushed it. When asked about the umpiring after the game, Chris Taylor simply said that he didn’t want to comment. 

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts gave just a little more insight. 

Honestly, I just don’t really care to talk about it. I think that it was consistent for both sides. However you want to take that.

The Dodgers didn’t make much of a fuss during the game, but it was clear there were some things they probably would’ve liked to say. The MLB app picture doesn’t quite do it justice, but the final pitch was clearly off of the plate. 

It is what it is. The series is done and the Dodgers took 2 out of 3 from a very good Padres team. Time to move on and get a new win streak started in Seattle tonight. 

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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. Simply put, that spineless home plate umpire was so bad that he needs to be reported to the MLB offices and upon viewing the evidence this past weekend should be suspended WITHOUT pay for at least a week
    werth of games!

  2. sit muncy down, he is not seeing the ball.DR LOVES HIM, DOES NOT SIT HIM DOWN, JUST MOVES HIM TO A DIFFERENT POSISTION. DR IS PLAYING TO MANY ROOKIES, USE THE OLDER GUYS W/ EXPERANCE. i HOPE DR DOES NOT MISHANDLE PITCHERS AS AD AS LAST YR. DOD NOT USE JANSON AS CLOSER UNLESS YOU ARE 4-5 RUNS AHEAD, OR DR WILL LET HIM LOSS THE GAME.

    • It’s not all on Muncy. Padre pitchers have figured out a way to shut Dodger offense down. The team collected a TOTAL of 6 hits inthe final 2 games of this series. A team cannot expect to win too many games while striking out about 13 times in each of these last 2 games.

    • Muncy is batting .302 with 3 HRs and has drawn 13 walks in 13 games. He’s slugging 547 with an OPS of 995 and an OPS+ of 178. While he’s not going to continue these numbers, why in God’s name would you sit him now?

  3. Seager blew his toss to first for an error and the third game could have been the Dodgers also. But I agree, umpire was pure crapass blind and at the most unopportune times it seemed for the boys in blue. Seems the Dodgers just stand and watch way too many first pitches that are strikes with the bat on their shoulders. Swing the f*n bat more. Even if you miss. At least you don’t look stupid being in the hole right Aat the get go. Come on Blue, I know you will keep winning. Just keep Roberts from messing with the pitching when they are doing fine.

    • Players have a union, rules and contracts.
      Umpires have a union, rules, and contracts.
      Players loses their jobs if their performance is not as good as other players.
      Why are bad umpires not demoted to the minor leagues to work out their performance issues.

  4. These ball and strike umpires are widening the strike zone every game. Hurry up and use robotics to call balls and strikes to save the game!!!

  5. umpiring in last nights game at Seattle was more of the same. balls 6 inches outside called for strikes. balls nearly in the dirt called for strikes. i think there is a movement afoot to be more generous. I tell you, as many guys that are throwing 100+ these days, hitters are already at a disadvantage.

    As for the team taking pitches, that is why they are World Champions. They KNOW the strike zone and don’t chase. These umps are gonna change that, unfortunately. They won’t have a choice if there is no consistency.

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