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.
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.