The Dodgers were in a perfect decision to make another comeback win on Tuesday night. Just as they had over the weekend, Los Angeles fell behind early only to put up runs late. But it was a decision by Dave Roberts in the 7th inning that might have cost them the game and their season-high 7-game winning streak.
Trailing by 2 runs heading into the 7th, the Dodgers got things going against Junior Fernandez. Trea Turner reached on catcher’s interference, Freddie Freeman singled, and Will Smith drove in a run on a single of his own. Justin Turner drew the walk and that set the stage for what we were all hoping would be the comeback.
Roberts opted to go with Max Muncy over Trayce Thompson against the righty. That prompted the Cardinals to immediately go to their bullpen and bring out a left-handed pitcher to face Muncy. The Dodgers infielder flew out to shallow center and could not get the run in. Hanser Alberto and Cody Bellinger also could not get the job done behind him.
“I think we got a great situation. I loved where we were at. It just didn’t work out.” -Dave Roberts
Muncy is now 9-for-61 (.148) against left-handed pitching this year. Meanwhile, Thompson has hit .357 with runners in scoring position, and he’s been about the same in high leverage situations. Regardless of whether he is facing a righty or a lefty, the Dodgers should not have gone away from Thompson there.
Doc did not play the numbers, opting instead to go with a gut feeling in bringing in Muncy. It was the wrong call in this particular situation. But as we all know, hindsight is 20/20. Had he left Thompson in and watched him fail to drive int he run, Dodgers fans would likely be talking about how he should have made a move. Onward and upward.
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