3 times Dave Roberts shot Dodgers in the foot and gifted Padres NLDS

Thomas Carannante
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks to the media during a news conference before the start of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks to the media during a news conference before the start of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Trayce Thompson #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Trayce Thompson #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

2. Starting Trayce Thompson Every Game

The Dodgers got beyond lucky when they traded cash to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Trayce Thompson, who then proceeded to have a monumental career year after being a nobody from 2015-2021.

In the end, Thompson went 2-for-16 in the NLDS. He scored one run, walked three times, struck out six times, and didn’t record an extra-base hit. But apparently that was a better option than Cody Bellinger, who went 1-for-7 in the first two games and struck out four times? At least Belli hit a double and has a ton of postseason experience (in fact, he was great in October last year!).

Thompson no doubt should’ve gotten a healthy amount of reps, but when the offense was witnessing a downturn for the ages, leaving him in there was certainly not the right move. Thompson is a supplemental player that benefitted from the success of everybody around him — he lengthened the lineup. He was/is by no means a singular force to deserve 4 out of 4 playoff starts.

On top of that, perhaps Roberts and the Dodgers put the nail in the coffin of their relationship with Bellinger, who is by far a better defender than Thompson.

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