Dodgers fans have to be missing Joctober at this point in the postseason. With their struggling offense barely making it through so far, watching former players like Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez catch fire in October is tough.
Joc spent the first 7 years of his big league career playing with the Dodgers. In that time, he hit 9 homeruns in the playoffs and drove in 20 runs across 64 games. While he didn’t always put up the best numbers in the regular season, Joc very much came to life when it mattered for Los Angeles.
Now Pederson is doing it again, this time against the Dodgers. The former Los Angeles outfielder spoke about his former team after a big Game 2 homerun. And while he is probably very appreciative of the organization that drafted him out of Palo Alto High School, there is no love this October.
"I've been a part of the #Dodgers a long time and they're a really great team and organization, but right now they're in our way." — Joc Pederson on playing against his old team in the postseason. #Dodgers #Postseason
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) October 18, 2021
And rightfully so. Joc signed with the Cubs in the offseason following a World Series win with the Dodgers in his final season. He was traded to Atlanta over the Summer after Chicago fell well short of where they were hoping to be and ended up trading essentially everyone away.
He’s chasing his second World Series in 2 years, but the Dodgers are standing in his way. But one thing is for sure: Dave Roberts and his pitching staff are going to be very careful with how they pitch to JocPop.