The Dodgers have done it again folks. They’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. The 2022 Dodgers that won 111 games, and ranked as one of the best in history are officially eliminated from the postseason after losing to the San Diego Padres in the National League Division series in just four games. The Padres beat those same Dodgers 5-3 on Saturday night in front of a frothing at the mouth sea of Padres fans at Petco Park. Those upstart Padres who won 89 games in the regular season are moving on to the NLCS for the first time since 1998. The incompetent Dodgers are moving onto the golf course.
One man that you can’t blame for this disaster is Tyler Anderson, who gave the Dodgers five scoreless frames of dominant pitching and deserved so much better than this. I just want to take a minute to acknowledge how great he was. Tyler flummoxed the Padres all night long with an impressive repertoire of command and poise. God bless you Tyler for your heart and chutzpah. What a competitor. I wish I could say the same about the rest of the team.
The Dodgers had staked Tyler to a 3-0 lead and it looked like were well on their way to spoiling the San Diego party and forcing a game 5 at Dodger Stadium the following night. But the Padres scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in as flash of horror and incompetence. Dave Roberts stood in the dugout motionless and let it happen.
Freddie clutch! pic.twitter.com/Lk6PZKQ8wJ
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 16, 2022
It was analytics favorite Tommy Khanle who allowed three runs within a blink of an eye. Instead of bringing in their toughest relievers such as Evan Phillips, Brusdar Graterol, or Blake Treinen, Roberts brought in Yency Almonte, who pitched well in Game 3, but did not have it in Game 4 Saturday night. The rest of the guys sat in the bullpen with their hoodies over their heads.
When all was said and done, it was the Dodger’s idiotic modern analytics strategies that failed them again. They pulled Tyler Anderson after only five innings when he arguably could have pitched another one or two innings. They refused to bring in their top relievers saving them for opportunities that would never come. Worst of all, they watched and sat there as Khanle failed to retire a single batter in the seventh inning during an elimination game.
“I could’ve gone five more innings,” Anderson said. “I would’ve thrown 150 pitches if they would’ve let me. But you never second guess that situation.”
San Diego’s starting pitcher Joe Musgrove gave the Padres six strong innings, but the Dodgers got to him early, scoring two runs in the third on a Freddie Freeman two-run double. They tacked on another run in the top of the seventh on a Will Smith Sac fly. The top heavy lineup once again failed to produce. Freeman notched three hits, and Trea Turner had two. The rest of the lineup did very little.
While the Dodgers struggled to piece together their bullpen, the Padre’s bullpen was almost unhittable. Every one of their relievers were lights out and the club had defined roles for all of them. They knew exactly who to go in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Meanwhile the Dodgers screwed around with hokey matchups.
Looking back on Dave Roberts’ ridiculous guarantee of a World Series championship back in spring training makes me laugh. The truth is that the Dave Roberts/Andrew Friedman Dodgers are one of the most unsuccessful teams in postseason baseball history. They’ve assembled some of the greatest regular season teams of all time, but are unable to win in October. The Dodgers will continue to lose until they leave the organization.
To win 111 games and win only one postseason game and not even reach the NLCS is absolutely pathetic, and should be jeered. This current administration is marred with playoff losing. It’s also been one of the most successful in Dodgers history. That’s what makes this so difficult. The Padres in their first season under new manager Bob Melvin were able to advance to the NLCS with only 89 wins, and a wild card. None of those guys other than Juan Soto have even sniffed a World Series. How were they able to win in October and the Dodgers under this regime can’t?
It’s because Roberts and Friedman are losers. They have cultivated a culture of postseason failure. If they are allowed to stay, it will happen again next year. It will happen every year until they are both run of town. I’ve said this before and it’s true. The Dodgers are the Buffalo Bills of baseball, (no disrespect to the Bills). They can’t win a championship in a non-covid year. The organization needs a fresh start. That means Roberts and Friedman need to go. If that does not happen the Dodgers will continue to lose every year in the playoffs or World Series until the end of time. Thank you to everyone who read or commented at LADR in 2022. I appreciate every one of you.