Curtis Granderson has been a controversial topic of conversation amongst Dodgers fans ever since he was acquired in mid-August. Many think that he’s ruined the team’s chemistry, but I am not apart of that crowd. However, it is definitely reasonable to be frustrated with his performance because it has not been very good.
In 132 plate appearances with the Dodgers, Granderson has a slash line of just .161/.288/.366 and has hit seven home runs. He seemed to be moving past his struggles and heating up at the end of September, going 6-16 with a home run and a double in his last six games of the regular season. Unfortunately, there was no heat coming off of his bat on Friday.
He got the start in Game 1 of the NLDS and went 0-4 with two strikeout. Him and Yasmani Grandal were the only two Dodgers to not get a hit on Friday. He is not getting the start in Game 2 against Robbie Ray, but that’s because Ray is a left-hander and not because Dave Roberts has lost faith in him.
Roberts caught up with the media before Saturday’s game and told them that he has not given up on Curtis Granderson just yet.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts on Curtis Granderson: "I don't plan on giving up on him quite yet."
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 7, 2017
Who knows how many more opportunities Granderson will get before Roberts does quit on him. Zack Greinke, a right-handed pitcher, is scheduled to pitch Game 3 so it’s likely that Granderson will get the start against him. In his career, Curtis Granderson is 12-63 with a couple of home runs against Greinke.
Every team in the postseason this year is very competitive. The Dodgers cannot afford to have a slumping bat in the lineup, so who do you think should replace him? Should Andre Ethier be given the opportunity to be the left-fielder against right-handed pitching? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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