The only thing chillier than the weather last night in game one of the much anticipated National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Giants was LA’s offense. In the shutout loss to the Giants, the Dodgers hit .156 (5-for-32) with just two extra base hits all night. The Dodgers went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and struck out eleven times without drawing a walk.
The biggest area of concern proved to be LA’s 5 through 7 hitters – Matt Beaty, AJ Pollock, and Cody Bellinger – who combined for a 0-for-9 night with 5 of the club’s 11 strikeouts on the night.
In the team’s first two postseason games, LA has mustered just three runs in 18 innings, with two of those runs coming thanks to Chris Taylor’s heroic two-run walk-off home run in the Wild Card Game vs. the Cardinals a few nights ago. With LA’s offense clearly needing a spark, one would have assumed that the hero of the Wild Card Game, Chris Taylor would have been in the starting lineup and at the very least would have had an at-bat. Instead, CT3 remained bundled up in the Dodgers dugout and never saw the field.
Following the 4-0 loss, manager Dave Roberts said Taylor would be in the starting lineup for game 2. The 2021 All-Star proved during the Dodgers 2017 postseason run that he’s more than capable of getting the job done in center field where posted a .889 OPS with 3 home runs and two doubles. We discuss why Chris Taylor should be in the Dodgers starting lineup for the remainder of the postseason.
Plus, we break down the Dodgers offense vs. Giants starter RHP Kevin Gausman in Game 2.
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