After the Dodgers vanquished the
But before the club’s 11-1 win over the Cubs that clinched the
At the time, Roberts did not want to ponder the prospect of facing another right-handed starting pitcher, not with the Chicago Cubs using left-handed starter
But Roberts acknowledged that he would consider keeping Granderson on the bench when the Dodgers do see a right-handed pitcher again.
Unproductive since joining the Dodgers in August, Granderson has one hit and eight strikeouts in 15 plate appearances during the playoffs.
Granderson looked particularly helpless Wednesday in Game 4 of the
"He's preparing, it's just not working out," Roberts said. "When we get to that situation, we'll look at it. Obviously, there's got to be some adjustments, though."
Roberts went with Andre Ethier in left field against both right-handed starters in the NLCS. Granderson started in center field in Game 4, after Joc Pederson started in center in Game 3.
It’s in these situations that the Dodgers are hampered by the absence of
Culberson was not activated for the National League Division Series against Arizona, but with Seager's back injury he was added for the NLCS and hit a team-best .455, with two doubles and a triple among his five hits. He also played flawlessly on defense.
Roberts said he was willing to play Culberson against right-handed pitchers. He also indicated that Seager had another productive day Thursday in his rehabilitation from a sprained lower back.
The team hopes Seager will be ready for the World Series.