Clayton Kershaw didn’t stand a chance to finish a perfect game, and this isn’t the first time Dave Roberts has stopped a pitcher from trying.
Six outs. Only six outs left. That’s all Clayton Kershaw needed to pull off a perfect game as the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Kershaw had thrown a very manageable number of pitches and was successful. There’s an argument for leaving him in the game as there was a pretty good chance he could have finished a perfect game.
Well, Dave Roberts did the opposite of that. After 7.0 innings, Kershaw was pulled out of the game.
And it really upset a lot of people online.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Roberts has done something like this. Of course, he’s not in the habit of preventing his pitchers from making a perfect play, but he’s actually done so before. Rich Hill was pulled from a game against the Marlins in 2016, according to ESPN Stats and Info.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Dave Roberts pulls Clayton Kershaw before he can throw a perfect play
Due to the nature of a perfect game and the difficulty of throwing one, it wasn’t shocking that people on Twitter had some thoughts about Kershaw not getting a chance to finish that game.
Roberts upset a lot of people with that decision. Apparently everyone has some kind of thoughts they would like to share on this topic.
Roberts’ decision was quite controversial. He’s trying to protect his pitcher, whose arm probably isn’t as robust as it was earlier in his career, and that makes a lot of sense for the Dodgers. It’s still frustrating for many because perfect games are so rare.
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