The fallout of the Dodgers’ shocking exit from the 2023 postseason still emanates around the league. The big question of what went wrong again for a 100-win team is on the minds of fans and pundits. As part of a greater conversation about the team and the playoffs and the future of the organization, MLB Network analyst and former Dodgers reporter Alanna Rizzo spoke with our Doug McKain in a deep dive conversation about everything surrounding the the team.
One key thread from the chat focuses on Dave Roberts and the tough position he was in. Yes, the offense was non-existent in the quick NLDS sweep. But, was Roberts set up for failure from the jump with the weak rotation he was stuck with?
Rizzo’s assessment of the 2023 season for Roberts was that it might be his best managerial job ever considering the constant state of turmoil the pitching staff was in.
The Dodgers and Andrew Friedman attempted to add some big time arms at the trade deadline but was unwilling to pay a premium for the guys like Max Scherzer or Justin Verlander. Eduardo Rodriguez rejected a trade to LA and the club was forced to pivot to home run happy Lance Lynn who ultimately was all they were left with as a last line of defense as it were in the postseason.
Offensively, Rizzo chose to look in the rearview mirror at some key sluggers no longer wearing Dodger blue with Justin Turner and Corey Seager who signed elsewhere after the 2022 and 2021 seasons respectively.
Overall, it’s an interesting and at times enlightening conversation between and Alanna and Doug and can be found on our YouTube channel here, or in the video player at the top of this article. Share your thoughts in the comments here or on YouTube.
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