Alex Wood didn’t have his best stuff last night, but he pitched well enough to win against anyone except maybe Jacob deGrom, but only two things went wrong:
- Certain players choking with RISP AGAIN; and
- Total game mismanagement by Doc Roberts.
I like Meada in the pen… but only Doc thinks he’s a closer. I think Roberts used the bullpen backwards. Maeda should have pitched in the 6th and 7th. I would not put him in a high leverage situation… at least now. He has no experience closing and it’s just a different type of pressure. I would have used Rosscup as a LH specialist and Alexander and Floro late. Baez and Madson too. Why is Roberts under the illusion Maeda can close?
Also, his game management with runners on 1B and 3B in the 8th and no outs: Grandal is in one of his funks. Doc should have pinch hit for him. Here I am second-guessing, which I detest, but what else can you do when he makes boneheaded moves? While he’s at it, Grandal should sit about 5 games just to clear his head and restore his body.
Next, came Yasiel Puig, the Dodger most adept at hitting into double plays and so he did! I thought at the time Puig should have been pinch hit for, but hey, that’s just me. That’s second-guessing. Jacob deGrom is having his best year and will likely win the Cy Young, so getting shut down by him is not unusual, but the Dodgers made his work, got him out of the game and failed to capitalize. Doc didn’t adjust, even with all the resources FAZ gave him.
Hasn’t Alex Verdugo shown he can hit leadoff? Let’s run out a different look tonight. We know Turner, Machado and Bellinger can adjust and hit – why not put a guy who can get on base ahead of them?
- Verdugo CF
- Turner 3B
- Machado SS
- Bellinger 1B
- Muncy 2B
- Toles LF
- Puig RF (reverse splits)
- Barnes C
The Dodgers aren’t going to win every game, but they need to take the series. It would help to have a manager who didn’t resemble a hammer!