Friday, October 16, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, October 16, 2020 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"Going to the bullpen wouldn’t have guaranteed anything -- Brusdar Graterol came in and allowed three hits to four batters -- but by leaving in Kershaw too long, Roberts showed that he has just not learned. He still looks at Kershaw and sees the unhittable Cy Young winner, one of the very best pitchers in human history. That pitcher has not existed for years. Whether it’s calling Kershaw out of the bullpen, or using him on short rest, or leaving him in too long, Roberts’s blind spot with the lefty has repeatedly cost the Dodgers. What we call “the Kershaw narrative” is in large part a story about Dave Roberts, not Kershaw."