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.