Monday afternoon’s win for the Dodgers was big for a lot of reasons. Coming off of a series loss to the NL West-leading Giants, Los Angeles needed a good bounceback for the offense. They also got very little rest traveling all the way to St Louis and still came out swinging and showing signs of life.
The Dodgers also got some production from guys who needed it. Chris Taylor is one of those guys that really needed it. He’s struggled for the last few weeks but came through in a big way with a 2-run shot in the 1st inning.
Taylor spoke with SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson after the Dodgers win about how good the homer felt. CT3 is also hoping that the blast helps him to relax a little and not have to grind out at-bats so often.
It felt good, not going to lie, I have been grinding and just trying to battle in there and working in the cage. It just felt good to finally put a barrel on one, and you know, contribute. …Anytime you have success it allows you to relax. It’s easy to put pressure on yourself and get anxious, so having a little bit of success always helps you kind of settle down and stay within yourself.
Before that big homerun, Taylor had struggled at the plate in the early parts of September. He was 1-for-16 with 7 strikeouts and just 1 walk entering Monday afternoon’s matchup. The Dodgers need him to be much better than that.
With the way that Cody Bellinger has struggled in 2021, it’s not a reach to say that there is an opening for Taylor to take his postseason at-bats. The recent addition of Trea Turner means that Taylor has fewer opportunities, but he should absolutely start over Belli come October.