Leave it to Los Angeles Dodgers fans to absolutely freak out when they think there’s a chance the team may not be able to complete the sweep against one of the hottest teams in baseball.
Really, guys? This is how we’re going to live?
On Wednesday night, with the series victory already secured and going for the sweep against Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers sent Max Scherzer to the mound.
The right-hander tossed six shutout innings before manager Dave Roberts removed him from the game, and that’s when fans absolutely lost their minds because they couldn’t quite possibly comprehend why that would be the move. Scherzer had allowed only three hits while striking out nine on just 76 pitches.
Instead of assuming there was something else at play, fans went after Roberts, who has a ridiculous .618 winning percentage with the team since taking over as manager.
Dodgers fans got owned for calling out Dave Roberts after the team’s comeback win.
Their anger was justified for a few short innings too, because Brusdar Graterol came in and immediately surrendered two runs to tie the game. Then Alex Vesia gave up the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning.
Life must be tough when you’re tied for the MLB lead in wins, right?
In the end, it was revealed Scherzer was taken out of the game after experiencing hamstring tightness, as many level-headed individuals figured something else affected the abrupt decision. After that, the Dodgers opened it up, going to work on Braves relievers Tyler Matzek and Chris Martin.
They scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead, and that was that. Roberts called on Joe Kelly to slam the door in the ninth and the right-hander got the job done on 10 pitches. How’s that for a managerial decision?
Life is tough for those in the spotlight in big markets, but so much of the criticism and hatred is unfounded. Even if Roberts wanted to remove Scherzer for rest/precautionary purposes, how is that possibly a “bad” decision when the rotation has given the bullpen ample rest after throwing a combined 19 innings the last three nights?
Relax, Dodgers fans. You’re now leading the NL West for the first time since April 25 after the Giants dropped three straight games to the Brewers. You’re the best team in baseball. This knee-jerk outrage can take a backseat until the postseason, yeah?