Hernandez: Andrew Friedman’s roster composition, the Dodgers’ downfall due to pitching strategy

SAN DIEGO — What the Dodgers are doing as pitchers is not working. No other conclusions can be reached after what happened on Saturday night. They finished the season with 111 wins after leading the 3 game losing streak. This can no longer be considered a small sample size. The Dodgers completed eight seasons with Andrew Friedman as president of baseball operations. The Dodgers reached the postseason in each season. They claimed only one World Series that year, but the Solo Championship during that period was nothing like before or after in a season shortened due to the pandemic. They can’t script a pitcher matchup for the entire game. Startup could not be removed. Just because you’ve decided to pitch in advance doesn’t mean you can’t put a manager in a situation where you have to change pitches after you change pitchers while you’re pitching good. y lost 5-3 to Padres in Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Petco Park. Manager Dave Roberts played a key role in the comeback, but later he was more likely to run the team’s iffy incorrectly. Any review of the Dodgers’ failures should begin with the organization’s comprehensive philosophy embodied by Friedman, which devalues ​​the starting pitcher and calls for the use of the pitcher assembly line. This is an industry-wide trend and it works — to some extent. The Dodgers took this concept to the extreme. That’s because their management gear has shown a tendency to stick to the pre-game script rather than allowing a good starting pitcher to throw an extra inning or two. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts watches Game 4 of the NLDS on Saturday (Jae-Hee Hong/AP) Saturday when Roberts threw Tyler Anderson off 5 innings without a score of 86 with 86 pitches. That’s what happened in game 3. When asked if he would allow Anderson to return in the sixth inning a few days ago when he was sent off after five innings despite retiring the last nine batters Clayton Kershaw had faced in Game 2 a few days ago, Roberts responded: “It took a bit of thought, but when he was with the pitcher coming, it felt like we had enough weapons to get through it.” In fact, how long a starter will last is decided before the game. Roberts negotiated the number of batters that should be allowed in the front office. Anderson was cruising, but trust in the brain probably decided that Anderson didn’t want to pitch a third to Juan Soto and Manny Machado. Limiting the resolution of his starting pitchers, Friedman effectively asked his relievers to cover more innings. But if every pitch change for Roberts is an opportunity to create an advantageous matchup, it’s also a chance for something to go wrong. Any call to the bullpen can be a mine. This is the intrinsic risk of planning. The important thing to keep in mind here is that most relievers are unsuccessful starters. For many of them, success is just as important as opponents are unfamiliar with them. Roberts played the first three games of the series without serious mistakes. However, Julio Urías and Kershaw only pitched five innings each during their starts. Game 3 starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin made just four outs. Roberts was asked to make a choice after a choice. He was supposed to make some bad things. What happened, Game 4 shows a series of mistakes by Roberts and the coaching staff. Chris Martin surprised the Dodgers by conceding an infield hit to Jake Cronenworth in the sixth inning. He advanced Brandon Drury to second base. Martin escaped the jam by striking out Will Myers. Disaster struck the next inning. With the Dodgers leading by three points, Roberts put the game in the hands of Tommy Kahnle. Kahnle walked right over Jurickson Profar, who finished third in hits. – Trent Grisham’s center fielder. Catcher Austin Nola drove Profar into a hit. Evan Phillips was used in these kinds of high leverage situations, but Roberts suddenly decided to want him in the ninth after declaring that his team didn’t need a named closure. Roberts turned instead. To Yansi Almonte, who gave Hasung Kim a double. Soto led to a single that scored Nola and tied the game 3-3. The next hitter, Drury, appeared on the first pitch and with Cronenworth at home, the dugout asked Almonte to pitch to first and give Vesia more time to warm up. The sign was not delivered and Almonte threw the ball instead. It was the ball. Vesia entered the game with a 1-0 count. Soto stole a double and Cronenworth hit a double in center field. The Dodgers are now 5-3. Their season is almost over, and whatever their pitching condition, the Dodgers shouldn’t have lost to Padres. That’s not what the Dodgers paid for in this series. The series cost to them was that they didn’t get much production from Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman until Game 4. Still, what the defeat turned out to be was that the Dodgers did not pitcher win the World Series. Their model is not sustainable. The Dodgers were able to beat the Padres this way. They could have beaten the Philadelphia Phillies this way. But the Houston Astros’ injury will give Friedman an alibi. Walker Buehler was at Fox Studios in Los Angeles, where he missed for the season while recovering from elbow reconstructive surgery. Once nominated for Cy Young, Gonsolin suffered an injury late in the season, leaving him off to a short start with a Game 3 loss. Dustin May also collapsed later in the season, placing him in the role of salvation. Friedman and his lieutenants must look beyond property data. They should also look at the obvious numbers. They have to count the number of championships lost.
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