The question all season long was if Roberts could help pull this team to a World Series title after only claiming one in his past 7 postseason runs. And once again he fell short of the goal, much sooner than many expected from the team who won 111 regular season games.
Fans were quick to draw blame toward the 7-year Dodgers skipper:
Never been a ‘fire Dave Roberts’ guy. But definitely questioning it now..
— . (@jayse_02) October 16, 2022
What the hell was Robert's thinking taking out Anderson so early. And what the hell was he thinking using a mediocre journeyman Ina high pressure game? Doesn't he ever learn? Exactly what happened in the 2018 when he took Hill out in the 7th after striking out the leadoff man.
— Mike Morales (@mkmora67) October 16, 2022
Dave Roberts is an outstanding manager during the regular season. But when it comes to the postseason, his lack of judgment and control cost us wins.
— Peter Albano (@PeterJAlbano1) October 16, 2022
you got Graterol, Almonte, & Philips that have all been cooking the padres.
yet Dave Roberts went with Kahnle to start the 7th, pulled Almonte out when he found his rhythm MID BAT, and sent in Vesia without a proper warmup in rain all IN AN ELIMINATION GAME.
— Oscar (@0x_Oscar) October 16, 2022
Peak Dave Roberts. God he can’t handle a pitching staff to save his life….but he’s good at guaranteeing a championship. Smh
— Paul Lo Duca (@paulloduca16) October 16, 2022
Meanwhile, other fans don’t think Roberts is the only one to blame for the fruitless postseason run:
Lots of questions. But not sure I can 100% say it’s one person’s fault. They won 111 with multiple injuries throughout the season. We can armchair QB every decision in baseball after a game. So many more decisions made than any other sport. I want Trea to sign but he won’t
— Jeremy Setzer (@JeremySetzerSC) October 16, 2022
The facts of the matter are this :
Roberts has won 63 percent of his regular-season games since taking the reins in 2016 but only has one ring to show for it from the 2020 season. Each of those years the Dodgers had made it to the postseason with two trips to the World Series. Many still believe they were cheated out of the title back in 2017 by the Astros.
The 2022 season was full of new records and “best in franchise history” but ultimately, the team had nothing to show for it, and the great big giant was defeated by their little brother team down south. Salt in the wound after destroying the Padres by 22 games to win the NL West back in September.
Will Dave Roberts finally make some changes next season and ensure he doesn’t eat his words again next year or was this the best squad the Dodgers could have had and they just couldn’t put the pieces together when it mattered the most?
Do you think Dave Roberts was to blame for the team’s postseason run? What do you think the front office will do/ change for next season? Share your thoughts and comments below.
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