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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Sends a Message to James Outman with Night Off

The rookie needed a night off. Dave Roberts said so. Mired in a 5-28 slump, James Outman was on the bench to start the game for the Dodgers on Monday. Doc felt a night off to just watch a ballgame was in order for the outfielder that has been struggling on both sides of the ball of late. The manager said he sent the kid a text with the idea a day before.

Maybe a bit of a reset was needed, even if Outman wasn’t really in need of one mentally, per se

“I don’t see any extra anxiety panic in his demeanor.” … “I think it’s more magnified because it’s a younger player. I could say the same thing about Mookie and that’s a superstar player. So it’s baseball. It’s hard to hit.”


Roberts expanded on what he’s seeing from the 26-year-old.

“The quality of at-bats are good. I think that what’s happening is they’re pitching him up in the zone and some borderline calls are going against them down below, but I still think the intent to put together an at-bat are good. The results haven’t been good, but that’s part of it. I don’t think any of us expected this season to just be completely linear. And that’s okay. So, I do know he’s prepared everyday and he will find his way out of it.”

The feeling is that maybe Outman has been expanding the zone, chasing balls up and down a bit too much. “I think that to kind of chase both, That’s a tough way to go about it.

Outman ended up getting in the game as a pinch hitter in extra innings and struck out on 3 pitches. A look at the at-bat echoes what Roberts said is getting the rookie. Swing and miss up and down in the zone.

James Outman’s 11th inning strikeout.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Outman get one more day on Tuesday but more than likely he’ll be back in the lineup against Twins right-hander Bailey Ober.

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  1. Sorry but I don’t put much into what Robert’s thoughts are , his season record only is a reflection of the talent he has had during his tenure , his post season record is a direct reflection of his managerial skills , , big big dodger fan here , but he’s really bad at big game moves , only my opinion , but we a need better manager ,

  2. I really can’t understand the Roberts hate that goes on here. No manager is perfect and no one is going to make the right calls and moves 100% of the time. That’s just unrealistic. I personally like Roberts and think he’s doing a good job. Yeah I don’t like every call he makes but usually he’s doing the best he can with what he has to work with. The Dodgers consistently finish at the top of their division and that says a lot about Roberts as well as the rest of the team. I’ve been a Dodger fan since 1956. I’ve seen all the managers since then and Roberts is a good one.

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