Dodgers have their backs against the wall

The positive thing about the Los Angeles Dodgers dropping Game 4 of the National League Championship Series is that now they have the Atlanta Braves where they want them. On the other hand, manager Dave Roberts and the Dodgers had better think of something quick to bounce back from their 9-2 defeat at Dodger Stadium to the Braves.

“You never want to have your back against the wall,” Roberts said after the game in a postgame press conference. “That’s not how you draw it up. But it’s a very, we have a very resilient team, a very tough team, and it’s not going to get much tougher than facing Max Fried in an elimination game, but we’ve done it before. Like I said, we got to win tomorrow and I really believe we’re equipped to win tomorrow’s ball game.”

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The Dodgers have no choice but to take it one game at a time. As they were last year at this time, the Braves are holding a 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers. Last year, the Dodgers played the comeback theme and rallied to snatch the NLCS crown from the Braves. We all know what happened after that.

The Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in six games to become World Series champs. This is a different year and a much different scenario for the Dodgers. This time around there is no Max Muncy. There is no Clayton Kershaw. And now after pulling up with a hamstring injury, Roberts and the Dodgers will not have the steady bat of Justin Turner available for Game 5.

“Early indication it’s a grade 2, so I think that will be it for him,” Roberts said.

After rallying to win Game 4 with some big hits, there would be no celebrated comeback in Game 4 for the Dodgers. The Dodgers bats were practically quiet with only four hits on the night. The Braves didn’t have a problem putting their bats on the ball against pitcher Julio Urias.

The Braves tagged Urias for eight of their 12 hits and popped three of their four home runs off of him through the game’s first five innings. Atlanta outfielder Eddie Rosario went yard twice against the Dodgers.   

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“We had a plan going into the game,” Urias said. “Obviously they made their adjustments. They hit the ball when I made those pitches. That Rosario home run in particular, I didn’t think it was going to go out of the stadium and when it did it was just one of those things that happened. It was part of their day, it was their day.”

Rosario had a big night for Atlanta, going 4-5 with four RBI in Game 4. Rosario attributes his performance as being in a zone.

“I feel really good no matter what they throw me,” said Rosario. “I know when I’m hitting the fastball away, I know maybe the pitcher try to get me out with a curveball or changeup, but I’m waiting and I’m waiting for a good pitch to hit and I’m doing a good job.”

AJ Pollock, who had one of the Dodgers’ four hits, talked about the team’s mindset going into Game 5.

“No one needs to really tell anyone that we can do it,” remarked Pollock. “We’ve done it. We’ve been here. Obviously, we got to grind tomorrow, but we win tomorrow, we’re not in a bad spot. So it’s going to be a big day tomorrow. We got to regroup. We got to get after it and anything can happen if we win tomorrow.”

Featured Image Caption: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner in a pensive mood in a game played against the St. Louis Cardinals in a National League Wildcard game on October 6, 2021. Photo credit: Dennis J. Freeman/News4usonline