The Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Monday night in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Outside of an Enrique Hernandez homer in the bottom of the fifth, the Dodgers did little of note in this outing. It was a collectively terrible effort, from start to finish.
Unfortunately, as the game winded down, Twitter decided that blame belonged to one party and one party only – manager Dave Roberts.
Following a disastrous ninth inning that saw Atlanta score four runs, Roberts became the official piñata for Dodgers fans across the globe.
Immediately, the calls for his termination began.
Dave Roberts is the Doc Rivers of the MLB.
— RH3 (@rh3la) October 13, 2020
I fucking hate dave roberts. Why the fuck would you put treinen in when he had to face the top of the lineup
— CT3ISGOD (@LA35MVP) October 13, 2020
Brian Snitker and Dave Roberts over who can overmanage this game the most. pic.twitter.com/RP4rV0CbV6
— Taylor Mills🍗🍗 (@tjmills4397) October 13, 2020
DAVE ROBERTS YOU’RE A DISGRACE TO DODGER NATION. YOU’RE THE REASON WE HAVEN’T WON A SHIP W/ THE BEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. YOU ALWAYS OVER MANAGE OR UNDER MANAGE. YOU SUCK
— Kent Yamamoto (@kent_yamamoto23) October 13, 2020
why the fuck did dave roberts remove victor gonzalez 🤦♂️ #dodgers
— t (@tikishasta) October 13, 2020
Once again, Dave Roberts is the only one who can beat the Dodgers 🤦🏻♂️
— 🏆 CHAMPIONS #LakeShow Rudy (@aguado_16) October 13, 2020
dave roberts watching them score on us & not doing anything about it pic.twitter.com/hNbgWBN68i
— crys ✨ (@crystalmezaa) October 13, 2020
Dave Roberts and managing his bullpen like extra innings don’t exist. Name a better duo.
— Frank López ⚾️ (@BeisbolFrank) October 13, 2020
Dave Roberts should’ve just applied for the circus if he wanted to be a fucking clown and just watch his pitchers implode and not taking them out when it’s clear they don’t fucking have it.
— Angel Gonzalez (@angel_G96) October 13, 2020
We simply got outplayed and outcoached tonight. A few bad pitches, a no show from our offense, and Dave Roberts’s incompetence will do that. It’s only Game 1. This is a long series boys. Come out strong tomorrow.
— Jeremy (@LAjeremycharles) October 13, 2020
— Matt Young (@Youngm24) October 13, 2020
— Christian Arana – Vote Early! (@christianarana) October 13, 2020
The bullpen as managed by Dave Roberts- pic.twitter.com/miqc1GmR7M
— Todd Bennett (@ToddBen34855511) October 13, 2020
I’m not second-guessing here because I don’t know the condition of Dodgers’ pen, but I suspect Dave Roberts will be questioned about his late moves.
— Charlie Miller (@MillerCharlie23) October 13, 2020
Dave Roberts gonna Dave Roberts.
— Evan Burge (@EvanBurge3) October 13, 2020
Yes Rob…. Dave Roberts has been sneezing and coughing .. not wearing his mask. pic.twitter.com/SH5mUi5NBg
— Jose Al-BOO-ve (@ovomiguel23) October 13, 2020
so uh is it time to have the dave roberts conversation yet or…?
— Alyssa loves the Dodgers (@alyssaschultzy) October 13, 2020
Dave Roberts gives me anxiety. I need a Canax after this game. Good hell.
— Jessica Keith (@JessicaLKeith25) October 13, 2020
Why does DAVE Roberts continue to over manage What was wrong with Gastrol , May and Gonzales.
— Aquinas47 (@theturk47) October 13, 2020
Once the Dodgers realize Dave Roberts is the problem, that’s when things will get better for the franchise.
— #LakersAllDay (@YouTwittFace14) October 13, 2020
Dang the good lord Dave Roberts is an ass manager am I right
— Tyler (@tymason16) October 13, 2020
I hate when dave roberts randomly starts experimenting with pitchers tf is you doing – #dodgers
— WALLS – LT1 ◟̽◞̽ (@lwtsmol28) October 13, 2020
Will the Dodgers actually fire Roberts? Of course not. But this is the way the internet works – a scape goat is always necessary.
On this fateful night, that happens to be Roberts.
Game 2 between the Dodgers and Braves is scheduled for Tuesday.