The Dodgers head back to Los Angeles down 2 games in the National League Championship Series. After being walked off on twice in Atlanta, the Los Angeles offense will look to regain some life back at home.
Justin Turner will also look to get things going when the Dodgers get back to the Ravine. JT sat out Sunday night’s game after experiencing a stinger in his neck that prevented him from turning his head entirely. Instead, Dave Roberts went with Chris Taylor over at the hot corner.
But it sounds like JT will be ready to go for Game 3 on Tuesday. Doc spoke with Dodgers media about his availability on Monday and how he has improved since being sat with the injury.
Justin is here getting treatment as we speak. I don’t anticipate him doing much baseball activity but feels better than he did yesterday. So my expectation is that he will be in the lineup tomorrow.
Widely regarded as one of the Dodgers’ best postseason players ever, Turner has struggled greatly this October. Through his first 7 games of the playoffs, Turner has gone 3-for-28 and struck out 7 times. He did have a pinch-hit opportunity in Sunday night’s loss and was hit by a pitch. No surprise there.
But Turner’s struggles have only been highlighted by the fact that the Dodgers can’t seem to buy a hit when it matters most. Their offense has put up 6 runs over the first 2 games of the series, but they have shown a tendency to stall out in the big moments.
Let’s hope that the California sun gives the Long Beach native some life with the bat.