The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves 2–3 in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series at the 2021 MLB Postseason held at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia on the 17th.

The Dodgers used a bullpen opener strategy for two consecutive games following Game 5 of the Division Series against the San Francisco Giants on the 15th. At that time, Corey Knebel became the first pitcher to score a scoreless inning, followed by Brusdar Graterol.And Julio Yurias, the starting resource, made a counter-throw in four innings and one run.The Dodgers won the game 2-1 and won the series dramatically.

The Dodgers once again opted for an opener strategy. It was decided that Max Scherzer, who decorated the last inning of the Division Series, was less tired, and decided to give him another day of rest.

But the first leg of the Championship Series was different. Kneble made the mistake of hitting the first button, allowing one run in one inning. After that, 7 bullpen pitchers relayed, but Blake Trainen lost the game with a finishing hit to Austin Reilly in the ninth.The Dodgers' starting resources were plentiful, but at some point they became meager.Dustin May and Clayton Kershaw were injured, and Trevor Bauer, who invested a large sum of $102 million over three years this year, received an executive order for sexual assault.I had no choice but to come up with an opener strategy once.If Bauer had existed, he could have played the postseason without worrying about the starting lineup,but Bauer has disappeared since June.

After all, it is safe to say that they are playing the postseason with three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias. Even Tony Gonsolin can be classified as a starting resource, but it is being used as part of the opener strategy.The rise of May and Kershaw is inevitable because of force majeure, but Bauer is different, according to local media analysis. Underlying the consciousness is that player deviance put the team in trouble.

The Los Angeles Times denounced and referred to Bauer for unusual reasons by the current Dodgers starting lineup.The number of spins plummeted a few days after Bauer said he would start cracking down on illegal pitching in his office. Bauer cited the sudden drop in humidity as the reason, but it goes without saying that he stopped applying the sticky stuff. And less than a month later,Bauer was placed on administrative leave for sexual assault.Then Kershaw was injured.The starting resources,which were plentiful in spring camp,have become scarce.He ran into an unexpected problem.

The Dodgers operated a four-man starting system, filling the fifth starting spot with a bullpen day. This tactic was used after Dustin May was out for the season with elbow surgery in early May. However, the media explained that the Dodgers did not want such a situation. In the end, he had no choice but to blame Bauer for not making an important postseason despite investing a huge sum of $102 million.

The Dodgers preferred not to have a bullpen day.The Dodgers would not have invested $102 million in Bauer in February,he said.They found it more effective and efficient to regularly place outdated bullpen pitchers.

Manager Dave Roberts said,I didn't like bullpen days either.I wanted to see the starting pitcher continue to be deeply involved in the game, but he has to work hard to win once he gets into the manager's position,he admitted, acknowledging that the bullpen day was an ordeal.

When the Dodgers had to make a one-season farming decision, they realized that their investment was in the wrong direction. Every game, we work hard and come up with a new strategy.But whether you know this or not, Bauer continues to stream on social media and YouTube even during his administrative leave, making the Dodgers even more enthralled.