Dave Roberts got his 45th career playoff win as a manager in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series last night, moving him to fourth on the All-Time list. Roberts has not and may never get the credit he deserves for the consistency his Dodgers have shown since he took the reins as their manager in 2016.
He has six National League West titles in seven seasons, two World Series appearances and won a ring in 2020. Roberts began this year by guaranteeing his team would bring the World Series trophy back to Los Angeles and after Game 1 it looks like his team is right on track.
The Dodgers smacked San Diego in the mouth early with a homer and two runs in the first inning.
They continued to apply pressure to Padres starter Mike Clevenger with a three-run third inning that was almost made worse by a near grand slam courtesy of Mookie Betts that was foul by just a few feet.
On the Dodgers side of pitching, Roberts decided to go with one of his most accomplished and trusted arms in lefty Julio Urias who went five innings, striking out six and giving up three earned runs which all came in the fifth.
Roberts called the right numbers out of the bullpen for the remaining portion of the game. They gave him four shutout innings and struck out four as they would hold on to win 5-3.
Another positive for the Dodgers is that they were able to win without getting anything from their best player at the plate.
— Nick Hamilton (@NickHamilton213) October 11, 2022
Betts finished the game 0-4 while Trayce Thompson, who is going to be a X-Factor for Los Angeles if they hope to make a World Series run, finished 0-3 with a walk.
Game 2 will be tonight in Dodgers Stadium. The Padres will send Yu Darvish to the mound while Dave Roberts will go with his long-time Ace and future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw.