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Dodgers: Roberts Thinks His Pitchers Need to Hold Baserunners Better

The Dodgers have a major flaw that they need to work on.



The Dodgers did a lot of things wrong in the series against the Padres. They didn’t field the ball well, they didn’t hit with runners in scoring position, and they did not keep baserunners close. San Diego runners were free to move around the diamond all weekend. 

The Padres swiped 13 bases in just 4 games this series. That wouldn’t be so bad if so many of those steals didn’t result in runs, but a lot of them did. And Dodger pitching really didn’t do much in an effort to stop it. There were very few serious pickoff attempts and zero pitchouts. 

Granted, there aren’t many pitchouts these days. But manager Dave Roberts knows that something needs to be done. He spoke with media after the game on Sunday about their inability to slow San Diego’s running game. 

Teams are taking advantage and running more on our guys and trying to get guys in motion…we know that Tatis runs we just got to be better at varying looks, picking, inside moves, there are things that we can do that we need to do better. 

The Dodgers have a few guys on the team that are incredibly slow to the plate, so it’s tough to blame Austin Barnes or Will Smith. There is only so much you can do from behind the plate when your pitcher is slow to get the ball to you. 

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But the Dodgers must make an adjustment very soon. Teams are going to keep running and taking that extra base, often removing the potential for a double play. They have plenty of things to work on as they head into a new series, but slowing the running game has to be near the top of the list.  

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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. Brilliant deduction Dave. Guess that’s why they pay you millions! How’s the bullpen doing?
    The problem isn’t that your pitchers are slow to the plate. They just don’t know how to hold runners on because in the 3 true outcomes style of play, they didn’t have to worry about it. Baseball is changing again, for the better I think, and Dodgers better wake up to it. As much as I would hate to admit it, the Padres are a much more exciting team to watch play.

  2. The primary issue is the bullpen. Has to be bolstered by the trade deadline or we won;’ be repeating as World Champs. We were lucky to be able to work around Jansen last year, but the competition is a lot stiffer this time around.

  3. I have been saying that since they let manny steal 4 bases in the last series…Our pitchers just let them have the extra base…This is the Big Leagues not little league they should have a clue on how to hold runners on…

  4. OOOOOOH BOOOOOOHOOOOOO Poor Dodgers got their butts kicked and and they blaming on sign stealing “AGAIN”, stop crying like little babies ???.
    Hey Dodgers “THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL”.

  5. The Dodgers need to learn how to bunt and stop trying to hit against the shift. The whole left side of the infield is wide open.

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