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Dodgers’ Chris Taylor Taking Things ‘Day by Day’ Amid Hitting Issues This Year

Chris Taylor has been treading water this season. His statistics have been so bad that it’s a wonder why the Los Angeles Dodgers have kept him on the active roster.

Regardless, he has shown up to work every day with a positive outlook knowing that he will break out of his season-long slump at some point.

“I try to just take it day by day, but I definitely have my moments of frustration,” Taylor said of his season-long struggles. “It’s kind of weird, not being in there that often. Some days you’re feeling good and you don’t play. Then sometimes you’re not feeling good. I’m just trying to be consistent with my work and ready when the opportunity comes.”

Taylor started on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals and delivered with a game-tying home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was his first homer, 10th hit, and second extra-base hit of the season.

The two constant people in Taylor’s life have helped him remain level-headed despite the negativity and criticism that surrounded him during the first couple of months — his wife and young son, Theo.

“I don’t know how I would have handled this earlier in my career,” Taylor said. “I think I took things home with me a lot more. Now that I have my wife and kid at home, it’s a good escape from all of this. I’m very thankful that I have them.”

The home run raised Taylor’s batting average to .108. He also scored his sixth run and drove in his ninth RBI in the process. Hopefully, the long ball turns his game around and isn’t a fluke.

Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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