The Dodgers win on Saturday was soured by a complete bullpen meltdown. Dave Roberts went with some of his lower-leverage arms while up 13 runs, and the Angels almost staged a huge comeback.
Anaheim put up 11 runs and closed the gap dramatically. Just a few more runs and they would have completed the biggest comeback in MLB history. But the Dodgers eventually went to some higher-leverage guys and locked the game down.
Roberts’ decision to pull starter Clayton Kershaw after 5 innings was highlighted by the fact the Angels almost came back. But the Dodgers had a huge lead and keeping him in the game didn’t seem worth the risk. Here’s what Dave had to say about the decision after the game.
I mean it’s short rest and he took it for the team as far as taking the baseball on short rest in May. So for him to go out on short rest and give us 5 innings of shutout baseball with a 13-run lead, there’s just not a whole lot of upside in my opinion to have him go 1 more.
Kershaw left the game with just 71 pitches thrown in 5 innings. The Dodgers could have pushed him another inning, but no manager in baseball is keeping their guy in there with a 13-run lead. Especially while he’s pitching on just a few days of rest.
Kershaw supported Doc’s decision after the game, but he clearly wanted to keep going. The camera shot into the dugout after the 5th saw what appeared to be a passionate discussion about the move. But the Dodgers got it together and won.
Time to get a streak going.