It’s not often you get to play in the postseason. The Dodgers are well on their way despite confusion of the club having already clinched after their Sunday victory over the Padres.
This only furthers the argument that getting into the postseason is no easy feat. LA has been fortunate enough to compete in nine straight postseasons since 2013, but for Andrew Heaney this comes as a new development as he enters his potential first deep postseason run (quotes via Bill Plunkett, The OC Register).
“This is the first time I’ve ever been on a playoff team.m I was joking with some guys, it’s ho-hum for them. But I was like, ‘This a big deal for me.”
Heaney opened up about his time with the Yankees and being DFA’d right before the postseason.
“Last year was tough for me. Got optioned then DFA’d a couple days before the end of the season. I watched the Yankees celebrate, pop champagne. I was sitting in a hotel room by myself. That was a pretty low point for me. So now to be on a team like this and hopefully be contributing to it, trying to hold my weight and do what I can to help us win – this is something that I relish, for sure.”
Heaney surely has been a driving force for this Dodgers team. It’s only right the Dodgers make a deep postseason run to help soothe the pain Heaney felt watching his former team in the playoffs.
Andrew Heaney makes Manny Machado take a knee to end the threat. pic.twitter.com/Gn0uA37BQi
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) September 11, 2022
What Heaney’s role will be for the Dodgers in October is still up for interpretation. He’s struggled in keeping the baseball in the yard over his last handful of starts. His strikeout totals remain high, but that trouble with the long ball is certainly concerning with the postseason just a few weeks away.
Altogether, hitters have connected on 12 homers off of Heaney this season. And that’s over just 57 innings. As Dave Roberts has noted recently, command will be key for the Heandog.