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Dave Roberts Can’t Find ‘One Clear Answer’ for Dodgers Struggles This Postseason

The Dodgers are still reeling after one of the most disappointing playoff exits in recent team history — and after last season, that’s saying something.

In just three games, the Dodgers were smacked around by the Arizona Diamondbacks, who cruised to a spot in the NLCS. The Dodgers were outscored 19-6 and never held a lead in the entire series.

Starting pitching proved a massive issue in each of the three games, as Clayton Kershaw, Bobby Miller and Lance Lynn all struggled in their short-lived starts.

On the offensive side, the Dodgers bats were equally disappointing. As a team, LA held a .177 batting average and hit just one home run in 96 at-bats.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke on MLB Network Radio about LA’s devastating early exit.

“Ideally, I would love to have one clear answer so you can remedy it,” Roberts said. “I think the facts are we didn’t get good starting pitching out of the gate. We didn’t catch a lead in the entire series. And the bats, we just didn’t hit.”

Via MLB Network Radio

Because the Dodgers won the NL West, they had the luxury of taking time off from baseball during the Wild Card round. However, Roberts feels that the break from baseball threw off his players while Arizona continued to heat up through October.

“Then you kind of take the second layer with the layoff … certainly not ideal,” Roberts said. “I think that anyone that picked up a baseball bat understands that baseball is a rhythm sport, but when you’re mired in it, you’re in it. You can’t let that bleed into your thought process and you’ve got to make the best with whatever circumstance and we clearly didn’t.”

Via MLB Network Radio

The Dodgers will have several issues to address in the offseason, and a lack of a clutch player in the postseason could be atop that list.

The Arizona Diamondbacks begin the NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday at 5:07 p.m. PDT.

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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California who works to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dodgers Nation. Warren is originally from Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Buffalo, NY.


  1. If the Dodgers don’t fire Roberts,he should acknowledge the fact that he has failed over and over again and Dodger fans are fed up and embarrassed.So,RETIRE!

  2. No he can’t because he is not looking at right thing.. and that is himself.. he has shown he can’t win post SEASON.. GET RID OF HIM!

    1. YES PLEASE!

      But you know the front office will come out with their “winning percentage” argument. Unfortunately for them, we all know any MLB manager could have the same winning percentage with the talent this team has year in and year out. Don’t let the front office gaslight you on this!

  3. Roberts has a vested interest in ignoring the most obvious answer: The Dodgers’ manager. He has no clue how to get the best out of his players in October. He can’t seem to put together a starting rotation that can get the job done. He has wastedthe last years of Kershaw’s career.

    Maybe he’s just unlucky. But isn’t that enough?

    What does it mean that Corey Seager and Trae Turner are crushing it in the playoffs?

    Roberts lacks passion and the guts to change tactics on the fly.

  4. Spot on if he can’t figure it out then we need someone that understands because as he has stated he doesn’t get it. Time fir a change Roberts has run his course . Time for Iron Mike Scioscia to lead the way. He understands how to coach a team up.

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