Jun 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal celebrates with teammates after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
On Monday, I wrote about the five players to watch during the current series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The three players from LA I focused on were Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Bolsinger and Yasiel Puig. I either should have replaced one of those three or added a fourth one. The guy who is absolutely killing the D’backs right now is catcher Yasmani Grandal.
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In the first two games of the series, Grandal has reached base six times in ten plate appearances with a home run and five RBI’s. His two-run double in last night’s extra-inning contest put the game out of reach and gave the Dodgers a 6-4 victory. But I suppose this shouldn’t be a surprise. The 26-year old Grandal has been sticking it to the Snakes all season. He has reached base 20 times in 41 plate appearances with five home runs. Those numbers translate to a .400 batting average while slugging .912 vs. Arizona. Including his totals with the San Diego Padres, Grandal is now hitting .290 with a .382 on-base percentage in 152 lifetime plate appearances. His ten home runs vs. the D’backs are the most he has against any other team.
Maybe the D’backs catch a break tonight. Grandal caught every inning of the first two games; Don Mattingly could rest him for the finale. Then again, with the D’backs’ luck against the Dodgers, Grandal will hit a big pinch-hit late to win the game.