Bobby Abreu hit a long home run last night against the Rockies and he took his sweet time to get around the bases. 31.56 seconds, in fact. According to Larry Granillo of Baseball Prospectus, it was the longest non-injury home run trot since he began logging them for Tater Trot Tracker in 2010.
David Ortiz had the previous record with a 30.59 second trot while Abreu’s teammate Hanley Ramirez had a 30.3 second trot earlier this year. You can watch the home run here.
It’s worth noting that Will Harris nearly Abreu with a pitch earlier in the at-bat, so that could have the reason for the bat flip and the slow ride around the bases. Of course, it’s also possible that the 38-year-old Abreu realized this could be his last home run in the big leagues, so he decided to savor every last second. Can’t fault him for that, I guess.
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.