Angels outfielder Mike Trout has been held out of the lineup since August 1, when he jammed his wrist sliding during last Wednesday’s game against the Rays. Trout received a cortisone injection in his right wrist, the club announced. The Angels are calling his status day-to-day.
Trout, 26, is having another historically great season. He’s batting .309/.459/.624 with 30 home runs, 60 RBI, 82 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases in 482 plate appearances.
Eric Young, Jr. has been handling center field in Trout’s absence. Unsurprisingly, the Angels have gone 1-4 in the five games Trout has missed. Young is again starting in center, batting ninth in Monday night’s lineup against the Tigers.
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.