Blame Dave Roberts if something goes wrong with the Dodgers showdown

This looks like a setting.

Dodgers They have a number of decisions they have to make about their promotion, but none of them are clear choices, except for the start Julius Urea In their postseason editorial.

Dave Roberts knows what this means.

Each possibility represents an opportunity to guess because it represents a possible path to victory.

Whether a decision is made by Roberts or the front office will be immaterial. As far as the regular fan is concerned, if the Dodgers fail to win the World Championship, Roberts will be wrong.

“It certainly bothered me earlier in my tenure more than it bothers me now,” Roberts said.

with 7-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants On Wednesday, the Dodgers lowered their magic number to six. They must secure their Ninth Division title within 10 years on their next nine-game trip, which includes stops in San Diego, Arizona and San Francisco.

Their 94-42 record is the best in baseball, almost earning them a goodbye on the wild card tour. The playoffs for them should begin at Dodger Stadium on October 11, the day of the first game of the National League Division Series.

What is less clear is how they will line up their shooters once they are there.

“It’s not quite as straightforward as it has been in years past,” Roberts admitted.

In the past year, the choices have been clear, as the Dodgers family members have sprung up Walker BuhlerJulio Urreas and Max Scherzer as starters.

Buehler is now recovering from major elbow surgery. Scherzer is a monument to the New York Mets.

The only remaining bowler of this trio is Urías, who appeared as an ace and starter of the Predicted Team for Game 1.

In the series’ finale against the Giants, Kershaw showed hopeful signs in October, giving up two rounds over six runs in his second start after returning from the injured list. Kershaw, who missed the entire season last year with an arm problem, should be in the playoffs if he’s healthy.

The real questions begin after him.

Will Tony Johnslin Back from forearm strain? If he did, would he go back in time to build up the strength needed for the arm to take on the starting workload?

Who should be ahead of the rankings: Dustin MayWho has a high ceiling but a low floor, or Tyler Anderson, who is sturdier but less exciting?

What should the Dodgers do with Andrew Heaney? Is there a place on the team for Ryan Pepiot?

Given that the Dodgers have no idea what they’ll get from anyone outside of Urias and Kershaw, would they be smart to move two of their Novices to the Bullpen for innings in case the Novices can’t get out of the early innings?

Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías throws a San Diego Padres hitter during the first half on September 3 at Dodger Stadium.

(Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)

One wrong decision can drown out the team.

The bulls will turn to this complex puzzle, decisions being influenced by whether Craig Kimbrel can maintain his current form for how the likes of Blake Treinen, Brusdar Graterol and Tommy Kahnle come back from their injuries.

“You’re now looking at the 28 men on our list,” Roberts said. “We have two guys coming back. So you are trying to figure out how to put 32 players in 26 positions on the roster.”

Roberts described these Dodgers as the greatest group of attacking talent he was able to manage during his seven seasons with the organization. He knows that if a particular bowler costs them a game, there will be questions as to why he wouldn’t put another bowler on the list instead.

And if that happens, Roberts knows he’ll come under fire. Don’t worry that the front office will be heavily involved in menu decisions and merchandising plans, if not direct leadership.

Such was the fate of Roberts last October, when the front office came up with an unconventional show plan for the NL Division Series. Lasting effects cost them the next round.

Roberts has accepted this as part of his job. He’s also accepted how there are more decisions to be made this year and, as a result, more choices that can backfire.

“I know no one wants to win more than me and the people I work with,” he said. “So, that’s kind of a consolation, and it’s kind of easier to deal with the blame or the criticism that I get every day.”

Of course, there is a way to avoid scrutiny: make the right choices and win.