The Dodgers lost another tough one in Atlanta on Sunday night and now find themselves at a 2-game deficit. On a night where they had Max Scherzer on the mound for them, Los Angeles lost yet another game on a walk-off in the 9th.
And once again, there were a few questionable moves that further complicated the loss. The big one was Dave Roberts bringing Julio Urias into the game in the 8th inning out of the Dodgers bullpen. That one was a surprise to everyone and obviously didn’t go over too well.
After the game, Doc was asked why he went with Julio rather than a bullpen arm. The Dodges still had Justin Bruihl and a number of other arms that Roberts could have gone to with Julio on the mound in Game 4 this week.
We talked about it before the series and he was available last night if it came to the situation, but it didn’t. He hasn’t thrown a bullpen and he was the best option at that point in time. He was prepared for it, it was the perfect spot for him, and getting him through that 8th to go to Kenley to finish the game.
That plan did not go as Roberts had hoped. Instead, Julio gave up a pair of runs and the Braves tied up the game late. That set the stage for them to walk off on the Dodgers for the second-consecutive night.
The argument could be made that the Dodgers bullpen got a heavy workload on Saturday so they did not want to give them too much. But even then, the off-day on Monday should have meant that it was all hands on deck once again.
Clearly, that was not the case.