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Dodgers: Yasmani Grandal Will Start Game 3 of NLCS

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.

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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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I don’t know about Grandal’s chemistry with Buehler, but he lost game 1 with his disgraceful errors and tried to loose game 2 with the double-play pinch-hitting failure.
    Whose paying him to undermine our team?

    Puig just chokes in key situations – striking out in games 1 and 2, leaving 5 runners on base.

    Management should NOT resign these two losers!

  2. Grandal is a JOKE! Shop trying to finesse catch and put your body in front of the damn ball. Yeah homer is are cool. But great pitching and DEFENSE win games.

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