Yasmani Grandal has had a rough series for the Dodgers – to say the least. In the third inning of game one of the NLCS, he had the nightmare third inning. It was probably the difference in a one-run ballgame, and a frame that Dodgers fans will never forget. Grandal became the first catcher in postseason history to allow two passed balls and make two errors in the same game.
Then, in game two he pinch-hit late in the game with the bases loaded and the Dodgers trailing by a 3-2 deficit. Grandal promptly grounded into a double play to end the rally.
Nevertheless, the Dodgers have announced that Grandal will start game three in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Yasmani Grandal will start tomorrow, Dave Roberts said. The team likes his chemistry with Walker Buehler.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) October 14, 2018
Chemistry with Walker Buehler or not, Grandal will need to tighten things up a bit. His defensive miscues have been an issue all year long; and in a series that has featured back-to-back one run ballgames, it’s not a stretch to think Grandal’s next gaffe could cost the Dodgers the series.
Moreover, Austin Barnes is a steady hand behind the dish. Barnes drew a key walk in game two with the bases loaded that allowed the Dodgers to score their second run.
Additionally, this isn’t the time of year that a team can afford to enter play with a catcher averaging an error a game. It remains to be seen if Grandal’s offense will be enough to cancel out his defensive lapses. Thus far, that has not been close to the case.
What would you do if you were manager? Sit Grandal in favor of Barnes? Or roll the dice with the player who started 111 regular season behind the dish?
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