The Dodgers come back to Los Angeles in the NLCS down 2 games to nothing. And with those 2 early losses in the series, there are bound to be controversies and criticisms from fans and media. That has led to Dave Roberts being questioned about decisions he made in those first couple of games in Atlanta.
One of the biggest criticism so far has been the pitching usage. The Dodgers started off the series with a bullpen game and then ended up using Julio Urias in relief in Game 2. That has become more of an issue now that Julio may not be ready to pitch in Game 4.
On Monday afternoon, Doc spoke about the usage and the criticisms that have come along with it. The Dodgers skipper defended the moves that they have made so far and said that he still stands by the direction they’re going with arms.
Different doesn’t mean it’s wrong. A decision that doesn’t work out doesn’t mean it’s the wrong decision. So I do know that everyone in that clubhouse believes that we’re going about it the right way and no one is compromised…
Roberts went on to talk about the Julio usage on Sunday that has implications for Game 4. Doc noted that the Dodgers planned on throwing a bullpen game regardless at some point, so his usage shouldn’t make a difference.
We planned on a bullpen game either Game 4 or Game 5 this series. So I don’t think that using Julio in Game 2 – 1 or 2 – changed that. So I don’t see the cost. Things just can’t be scripted. You’ve got to kind of sometimes go off script to what we feel, what I feel is the best chance to win a game, let alone a particular series.
On one hand, this is unlike any other postseason that we’ve seen Roberts manage. He’s been unpredictable and working with the best arms that he has available. Is that a good thing for the Dodgers? The next couple of games will let us know.