Dave Roberts On World Series: "We've Got To Do More"

The Dodgers reached the World Series in each of the last two seasons but came up short both times

Reiter Than You
March 25, 2019 - 9:45 pm
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached the World Series each of the last two seasons but ultimately came up short against the Astros and Red Sox, losing in seven and five games, respectively.

This season, the Dodgers hope to win the World Series for the first time since 1988. If they don’t, it will be seen as a disappointment, at least among fans.

“We all understand our goal and expectations,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said on Reiter Than You. “I still think it was a very positive season in a lot of respects for our guys, and I just hate to diminish what we as coaches, players and staff accomplished last year. But obviously we’re here to bring a championship to L.A. We've got to do more to bring it home and have that parade in Los Angeles. I don’t talk about it very often, if at all. I think it’s just going about playing every day and getting better. When you do that, you put yourself in position to win a championship, and that’s our goal.”

L.A. will be without Clayton Kershaw (shoulder) and Rich Hill (knee) to begin the season, but Roberts believes the Dodgers have enough depth to weather the storm. Hyun-Jin Ryu will start against the Diamondbacks on Opening Day on Thursday.

“Every time a guy takes the mound as a starter, we expect to win,” Roberts said. “Hyun-Jin is going to get the Opening Day start, and he had a tremendous year last year. We expect to win that first game of the season. We have a lot of good pitchers. Julio Urias is going to start as a starter. The he’ll go to the pen once Rich gets back. But Ross Stripling, the guy was am All-Star last year. So I like the guys we run out there.”

The Dodgers have won six straight NL West titles. Roberts intends to make it a seventh.

“We’re very consistent, and I don’t think we take any season for granted,” he said. “Winning the division, it’s a lot to do. We have a lot of good players, there’s a process in place, and it gives us a chance to get to the postseason every year. I know it’s not a right of passage for us. I know fans kind of expect it, and truth be told, we kind of expect it from ourselves. But there’s a lot of hard work that goes into it, and I expect to win the division this year, too.”