Game 4 Questions
Why does Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts hate Rich Hill?
Why does he love Ryan Madson despite Madson allowing the first five inherited runners to score so far in this series?
Why does he keep pulling Hill when he’s really effective…like, say, just-struck-out-a-guy-and-has-a-one-hitter-and-a-four-run-lead-in-the-seventh-and-a-shutout-in-Game-4-of-the-World-Series effective?
Why? Why? Why?
Ansser: To bring in another left-handed reliever in Scott Alexander.
So, ignore the walk to Brock Holt from Alexander.
And get back to Madson? The reason there being…so he could give up a three-run bomb to Mitch Moreland?
And then Kenley Jansen comes in to throw fastballs to Steve Pearce?
And then Kenta Maeda in to throw Pearce another fastball in the ninth and give up another two runs?
Look, not all of the Dodgers’ seventh, eight and ninth-inning woes were Roberts’ fault. Somebody has to throw the damn ball, but Game 4’s mess started with pulling his starter too early and a bad game plan that makes his relief pitchers first-pitch fastball-happy.
That’s great if your location is spot-on. But 93 mph with bad location isn’t cutting it if there aren’t any 75-80 mph off-speed pitches to go with it.
The Dodgers need to start off speed and work off of that with Boston.
There are three guys on this staff who fit that bill. Unfortunately for them in Game 4, Roberts pulled two of them.