The Los Angeles Dodgers fell for the second consecutive night to the Atlanta Braves. It seemed like a “remake” of the first game because the outcome came in the same way. A hit to leave the current World Series champions on the field, this time at the expense of Eddie Rosario.
But there is a huge difference from most of the Dodgers’ other losses this season. Dave Roberts had been walking the cutting edge, but making fine, fairly accurate decisions. Or at least, that they were going well. Today was totally the reverse. Let’s see.
Both Joe Kelly (12 pitches) and Blake Treinen (9) had a chance to walk one more inning and avoid the use of an extra reliever. Wearing them just for a propitious inning which would come later.
Dave Roberts said Julio Urías was available last night as well. “It was a perfect spot for him in 8th to get to Kenley in 9th.” #Dodgers
– David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) October 18, 2021
Julio Urías was sent to pitch the eighth inning, as if they did not have a bullpen that has clearly been compliant throughout the season and in which, if Julio short rest was available, everyone who was there yesterday should also be.
The situation was not an emergency and with two runs of advantage Brusdar for the eighth and Jansen in the ninth they had to resolve. Or had Joe or Blake walked one more inning, the eighth inning would have passed without pain or glory.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he felt Julio Urías was the best option in that spot.
– Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) October 18, 2021
Dave trusted his instincts a lot, he felt again that it was the right decision. In the midst of his feelings, he compromises the game and puts Julio Urías in an inappropriate position after the season he has had.
#Dodgers Max Scherzer threw 79 pitches tonight. He said he was hoping to be in the 95 pitch range, but shared that his “arm was dead” (fatigue, not “red flag injuries”). He expects that he will bounce back and be ready for his next start.
– Kirsten Watson (@kirsten_watson) October 18, 2021
He had to take Max Scherzer out in the fifth because the right-hander didn’t feel like his arm was responding correctly. His last two straights didn’t go past 91 mph and then I can only appeal to the break ball. Max pitched the closing game five of the Division Series, and we were all happy then. But today he paid the price. Dave didn’t learn his lesson.
Sorry, Dave Roberts going back to being Dave Roberts. And the Dodgers will have to come at Chavez Ravine from well behind.