Maybe HBO isn’t going to need to follow Derek Jeter around for long, after all.
After going hitless in his return from the disabled list last night, Jeter went 2-for-6 in tonight’s 9-2 win over the Indians.
Jeter led off the game with a tapper down the third base line, almost identical to the play that went for an error in the first inning of last night’s game. However, Orlando Cabrera tried to barehand the ball, so it was ruled a single. There was no doubt about Jeter’s second hit, though, as he crushed a two-run double into the left-center field gap in the second inning. He went hitless over his final four at-bats of the evening.
Jeter now stands at 2,996 hits for his career, just four away from becoming the 28th player in baseball history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. The Yankees will play the Indians again tomorrow night before beginning a four-game series against the Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has not had a good postseason. Entering Monday night’s NLCS Game 3, he was batting .111/.238/.278 in 21 trips to the plate across the NLDS and the first two games of the NLCS.
Defense has also been an issue for Grandal. In Game 1 of the NLCS, Grandal was on the hook for two passed balls. In the sixth inning of Game 3 Monday night, he couldn’t corral a curve in the dirt, which allowed Travis Shaw to score the Brewers’ second run of the night. Starter Walker Buehler was charged with a wild pitch. In the eighth, with Ryan Braun on first base and Shaw at the plate, Grandal again couldn’t corral a pitch in the dirt, allowing Braun to move to second base. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Alex Wood was able to escape the inning with no damage.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Austin Barnes, not Grandal, will start behind the plate for Game 4 on Tuesday night, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. That comes as no surprise at all. When Grandal struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Dodger fans regaled him with boos.
Barnes will be an upgrade defensively, but he’s lacking with the bat. He had an 0-for-3 performance in Game 2, though with an RBI, bringing his career slash line in the playoffs to .200/.281/.300 across 57 plate appearances. During the regular season, his career 100 adjusted OPS is a fair bit behind Grandal’s 115. Roberts is trading offense for defense in Game 4. Rich Hill will get the start opposite the Brewers’ Gio González.