Monday, June 20, 2016

Roberts Has Full Confidence In Grandal

The Dodgers' offense is horrible this year, and Yasmani Grandal's malaise is at least one contributor; after a breakout season last year with an OPS+ of 112, he's suffering through an OPS+ of 78 this year. And reading the post-game recap yesterday, when Grandal stood at the plate when Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg decided to throw balls outside (Thornburg has just walked Howie Kendrick to load the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth), it didn't seem like Dave Roberts was hoping Grandal was going to swing, either:

Grandal, hitting .184 this season, took a 3-2 pitch from reliever Tyler Thornburg (3-2) that missed high and outside, capping Los Angeles' third straight comeback win.

"I know Yasmani can conduct an at-bat, hit a gap, even draw a walk" Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's not hitting great right now, but I know he can get on base. I liked our chances."

Grandal is batting .184 this year. Ellis, for whom Grandal pinch-hit, went 0-for-2 yesterday and is batting .191 on the season.

Can we just get one of you two to start hitting! Please!


Fred's Brim said...

Yaz's shoulder can't be 100%. It takes a long time for those to get back to normal. JT's knee too