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Dodgers: Roberts Explains His Decision to Use Brusdar Graterol in a Tight Game Sunday

Brusdar got thrown into the fire on Sunday afternoon.



Sunday was not a great day for Dodgers fans watching their team take on the Padres. After taking a lead late into the game, we all had to watch as the bullpen gave up the lead and the bats floundered throughout the game. 

And while the Dodgers did take 2 out of 3, some questionable relief decisions had fans talking after the game. One of those decisions was bringing in Brusdar Graterol fresh off of the injured list for his first appearance of the year. Graterol came in with a 1-run lead in the 7th inning. 

When asked after the game why he didn’t go to someone that is more up to speed, Doc deferred to the health of his pitchers. A few Dodgers relievers had worked heavily over the weekend, and Roberts wanted to stay away from them. 

There’s other guys that we were gonna stay away from today. Obviously, every game is important. But the health of our relievers is more important.

Doc is referring to guys such as Blake Treinen and Corey Knebel, both of whom were unavailable on Sunday. Knebel threw 27 pitches on Friday evening while Treinen pitched on Friday and Saturday. The Dodgers also used Jimmy Nelson in 2 of the last 3 games while Kenley Jansen went 1.1 innings on Friday. 

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Still, the decision to go with Brusdar in such a big spot for his first outing does seem questionable. Hindsight is 20/20, but throwing a guy into the fire for his first appearance of the year is rough. The Dodgers flamethrower also had to face the heart of the order with Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer to start the inning. 

 

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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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    • Bauer has seemed to labor concentrating once he hits the 70 pitch point. Maybe that was why he got yanked? He looked pretty good and does have a odd pattern of fading then returning focus. He seems to know it and sure has developed a bunch of ways to address it…that is the reason for most of his ‘quirks/antics’ on the mound.

      Mostly it reminds me he is still young really and will develop more maturity in terms of managing the stresses that have to be on pretty much every MLB pitcher. He has surprised me so far in terms of ability, pretty damned niiice stuff, and he definitely loves the game though I still have a sense he just looks a tool to pursue other
      business ventures…hey it has to be better than selling life insurance or those darn ‘Lady Kenmores’…

      Anyway, sorry for the digression but I think Robert’s take and the numbers indicate a pretty consistent point where Bauer starts to struggle with accuracy.

  1. All I want to know is WHEN ARE WE GETTING RID OF ROBERTS!!!!! HE LOSE 8 TO 10 GAMES A YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I have always said the the Dodgers can survive Roberts mismanagement during the regular season because of their depth and talent, but he is a total disaster in handling a pitching staff in a short playoff series. Example: he takes Kershaw out of game 7 of world series after he had thrown 2 pitches in an inning and had gotten 2 outs. He had said before the game that Kershaw was going to face no more that 21 batters. What was he planning to do, save him for game 8?

    • Robert’s is the worst manager I have ever seen in mlb and I am 74 years old. The sad part is the Dodgers will have a great record during his time as mgr. and it will look like he was a good mgr. Robert’s loses more games with his stupid decisions than all the players combined. And yes I have always been a Dodger fan.

  2. DR DOES NOT NEED A REASON TO PULL BONER BAUER WAS FINE, DR CAN SCREW UP A GOOD PITCHER DR IS LOST WHEN COMES TO PITCHERS,

    FRIEDMAN IS NOT GOING TO GET RID OF DR. HE NEEDS TO GET A ASSISTNCE TO MANGE PITCHERS LOSE 8-10 GAMES, HE WILL NOT GO TO W.S. THIS YEAR, HE HAS NOT LEARNED ANY LESSONS FOR ALL TO W.S. GAMES. FIRE HIS ASS

  3. I too have a tough time with some of Roberts decisions on line up and relief picks. I think he has some favorites ahead of reality’s. I play the odds of winnings not losing. I am not saying name or preferences right now. Some of my TV coaching is reserved for my wife and kids. I will always love this team

  4. DR MAKES BONE HEAD CHOCIES WHEN IT COMES PITCHERS, AND LEAVEING PLAYERS NOT HITTING IN. EXAMPLE MUNSEY HAS HIS NOSE UP DR AS. HAS HE IS NEVER SIT DOWN BECAUSE OF NOT HITTING. HE HAS LEFT SO MANY MEN ON BOARD,WHEN JUST A SINGLE WOULD GET 2 RUNS . VERY CLEAR DR PLAYS FAVERATES.

    PLEASE FORGIVE SPELLING AND OTHER ERRORS, I HAVE PARKINSONS

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