ARLINGTON, Texas – Eight days before the first of what the Los Angeles Dodgers hoped for, three rounds after the Globe Life Field season, Justin Turner and Mookie Bates put the team in the right field to talk about the challenge they face. expects.
Turner and Bates had planned the meeting in advance. They wanted to emphasize what was at stake, but also, Turner said, “Remind the boys that not everything will go our way. It may not be easy, but as we continue to mentally sharpen and support and play like group, together we will recover – we will experience everything. “
On Tuesday night, after an insane 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the announcement began to resonate.
The Dodgers, who have not missed a back-to-back game since the second week of September, suddenly fell 2-0 in this series of the National League Championship, a hole that only 1
Their longtime ace, Clayton Kershaw, is recovering from back cramps that prevented him from starting his game 2. Their most talented pitcher, Walker Buhler, is dealing with blisters that prevent him from scoring an out in the sixth inning for close. eight weeks. And yet – these are the Dodgers, owners of a plus-136 differential for running in the regular season of 60 games, with all the talent and all the depth that we can imagine.
“It’s a long series,” said Corey Seeger, a shortlist for the Dodgers. “We expect to meet the challenge.”
The Dodgers scored only once in Game 1, on a solo homer by Enrique Hernandez, and most of their bats were relatively uncompetitive. In Game 2, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts felt that his offense had done a better job of taking advantage of a field of error against opposing facilitators. The Dodgers forced Ian Anderson out of the game after four assists, took six walks in the first eight, and on the ninth, their powerful foul finally came to life.
Seeger, who hit three homers on Homer two assists earlier, drove to Bates with a double. Max Muncie, who fights all year, starts a double homer. And Cody Bellinger, without hitting his first eight NLCS bats, lined up a three-pointer in the right row, placing 90 feet from the tie before AJ Pollock’s game ended.
“This team fights a lot; we do it all year round,” said Sieger. “We were a swing, one and the other, away from tying this game to the ball and entering the extras.”
The Dodgers, who will play the passenger team for the next three games, can calm down, knowing that they have reached the soft spot of Braves’ slim rotation and that all their high-end facilitators are fresh.
But they will need Julio Urias, 24, to deal effectively with their team’s season, mainly on line in game 3. They will need Kershaw to recover well enough to take the ball in play. 4. They will need Dustin May, originally defined as something like a wild card from the bull, to be able to give them everything they have in play 5. And they will need their offense to deal early before Braves’ lauded boulevard to play factor.
Only 13 of the 85 teams facing a 2-0 deficit have returned to win the best of the seven series, but the Dodgers have three of those series.
“One game at a time,” Roberts said. “I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the only way to do it and get closer to it.”