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Dodgers Fans React to Frustrating Loss to Cincinnati Reds, Bullpen, Roberts Top Concern

The Dodgers lost a game they should have won on Tuesday, dropping the series opener to the Cincinnati Reds 9-8.

The Dodgers led 8-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the bullpen struggled mightily, and the Dodgers ended up dropping the first of three in Cincinnati.

The Dodgers entered the 9th inning with an 8-6 lead, and Evan Phillips had just completed a 1-2-3 8th inning on 11 pitches. It felt like he could have just stayed in to pitch the 9th with tons of righties due up, however, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts elected to instead go to LHP Caleb Ferguson.

Despite Ferguson’s drastic splits — being much worse against righties — Roberts gave him a chance.

Ferguson allowed three earned runs on one hit, three walks and a hit batter, and ultimately got the loss in a game the Dodgers had no business losing.

After the game, Dodger fans were not happy with the team, and rightfully so. They let out their frustration on Twitter.

Roberts and the bullpen were given most of the blame for this one:

Some fan weren’t very happy with the bullpen the man upstairs assembled in the first place:

The blame could be placed in many different places for this one, but the most clear takeaway is the Dodgers need to do something about this bullpen.

The Dodgers have more than enough minor league depth to trade for a true closer, or at the very least, a shutdown reliever. This bullpen drastically needs the help, and the Dodgers can’t sit and wait for their guys to get healthy. The time is now to turn this bullpen around.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Associate Staff Writer for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan since he was a kid, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin — but Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are very quickly making a case to be on that list.


  1. The bullpen did not “struggle mightily.” Graterol and Almonte each gave up a meaningless run. EP did his job. It was one guy that struggled mightily; the same guy who makes it a habit of f*****g up close games.

  2. Roberts should have removed Ferguson after he faced his 3rd obligatory batter.
    It was OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE EXCEPT ROBERTS that keeping him in would lead to a defeat.
    I would have brought in Shelby after CF loaded the bases. What were his other choices based
    on availability when he inserted Shelby ? I realize that SM gave up the winning hit but if he had brought
    him in sooner, the chances are good that the game would not have been decided on 1 batter like it was.
    It would have possibly given SM another opportunity to escape the inning w/o giving up the winning hit.

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