The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season is over.
After squandering a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning during Game 4 of the NLDS against the San Diego Padres, the team that won a franchise-record 111 games during the regular season was sent packing.
The Padres will instead go to the NLCS and face off against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers will attempt to unpack everything that went wrong in the NLDS.
After a World Series title in 2020, the Dodgers fell short in the NLCS last year and have regressed further this year.
On Twitter, sports analyst Dan Clark expressed disbelief that the Dodgers couldn’t even get to the NLCS and suggested that manager Dave Roberts should be fired.
I honestly cannot believe this Dodgers team, with the incredible talent they have, cannot even reach the NLCS. Dave Roberts has to go. Inexcusable.
— Dan Clark (@DanClarkSports) October 16, 2022
Analyst Suggests Dodgers Should Fire Roberts
This is a bold claim, especially when considering that Roberts has taken the Dodgers to the World Series three times and won it in 2020.
While 2020 was just a 60-game season, Roberts has still had a ton of success as the Dodgers’ manager.
They’ve reached the postseason every year since he took over as manager, reaching at least the NLCS in all but two of those seasons.
At the same time, the Dodgers were clearly the better team on paper, and given their talent, many expected them to at least reach the NLCS.
But that is not the case this year.
Still, it’s a bit bold to pin it all on Roberts, especially when the Padres simply executed better than the Dodgers did in this series.
Roberts is likely to return in 2023, which might have some fans frustrated.
But at the end of the day, Roberts isn’t the only person that should shoulder blame for the Dodgers falling flat in the NLDS.