Hernández: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is on the verge of silencing his critics

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10/24/2020 9:03:00 AM

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who's been a scapegoat for the team's failures to win the World Series, is making the right moves and about to become a hero.

Julio Urías is buoyed by calls and texts from family and friends in his Mexican hometown as he prepares to start World Series Game 4 for the Dodgers.The Dodgers very well might not be in the World Series if not for Roberts’ deft maneuvering of the bullpen, in the last couple of games of the National League Championship Series against Atlanta.

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The NLCS finished with Urías pitching the final three innings in Game 7 to complete a comeback from a three-games-to-one deficit. Roberts wasn’t about to take a chance with any of the team’s less-than-dependable relievers.AdvertisementThere was also an emotional component to his leadership.

“Even [when] we were down 3-1 against Atlanta, he still believed, he was still the same guy,” Betts said. “He has no panic in him. You have to [be] grateful for that because you’re quote-unquote leader is not panicking. He believes in you, so that just proves you should believe in yourself.”

×Key plays from the Dodgers’ 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the World Series.Roberts is aware how desperate Angelenos are for a World Series, but he’s shouldered a similar burden before when he was a player on the Boston Red Sox, who hadn’t won a championship in 86 years. Roberts

in the American League Championship Series that became one of the most iconic moments of Boston’s title run.Advertisement“When you take on this job or you become a player of a particular organization that hasn’t won a championship for quite some time, that’s part of what you signed up for,” he said. “So, I just take it more as passion and care from the fans.”

Asked about the right moves he’s made this month, Roberts was quick to credit his players.“I think the bottom line is that we have really good players,” he said. “I trust them and they’re executing, they’re competing, they’re playing every single pitch from the defensive side to the offensive side to on the bases. I talk a lot about not only having the best players, but the smartest players.”

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dylanohernandez Aaaaaaaaand back to making the critics look good! dylanohernandez You’re instead of your in print edition. Don’t you have an editor? 1) series ain't over 2) this ain't a real world series. he needs to win one after 162 games. Group sports are obsolete due to the virus. There remain ample opportunities for Roberts to bestow a title upon another city. 🔓

Please relax until the series is over Or not... Not yet Not yet

Hernández: Why are Dodgers in control of World Series? Star starters didn't pitch Game 2The Dodgers lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the World Series, but they got a win by keeping their stable of top starters rested for another game. People of the world. Please help. My child needs urgent surgery. He has a heart defect. If you can help, go to my profile, all the information about my son's condition is there. If you don't have surgery anytime soon, my son will die. Please help save your son While I still think the Dodgers win in 6 games, I'm not sure why they wouldn't start Buehler in game 2, win and really take the series by the throat. Now game 3 becomes that much more crucial. Bullpen game in game 2 of the World Series. That was dumb. Put out best arms out game 1-2- and 3. We had an opportunity to dominate this series from the get go and go up 2-0 with Buehler going for game 3. Let’s see if it doesn’t backfire

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