After his rough showing during Game 3, manager Dave Roberts has benched the Los Angeles Dodgers catcher in favor of Austin Barnes for Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles loaded the bases against Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth inning, but the struggling closer shut the door.
Fans will get their wish as Grandal will be replaced in the lineup Barnes in Game 4 on Tuesday night.
At every chance they got, the Dodger faithful let Grandal have it with chorus of boos, including chanting "We want Austin!"
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal continues to turn in one of the most eye-poppingly frightful postseason series in recent memory. I was really frustrated after the game and as a competitor, I was frustrated because of the way we played and the way I performed. Once again, I get the instinct in the heat of a loss to go there ... but it just doesn't play to rip your own fans for not being professional baseball players when they were paying to come watch actual professional baseball players play professional baseball.
In that series-clinching game, Hill pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed two runs and four hits, struck out three and walked five. "They're passionate. They want to win". The Mets must also decide if Plawecki fits as a potential backup should they add a catcher or if they can find value for him on the trade market.
Grandal is also struggling mightily in the batter's box, where he is now 7-for-68 with 30 strikeouts for his postseason career. It was Grandal's 28th passed ball since the start of last season, which trails only the New York Yankees' Gary Sanchez for the major league lead. "Austin will catch", Roberts said.
"I've been known for three things - taking care of my pitchers, getting on base and slugging", Grandal said. Otherwise the players might revert back to blaming the fans again. Los Angeles suffered defeat in large part to going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
"We had no energy".
Grandal, himself, is unaffected, apparently (Dodgers.com): "I think it's driving you guys more nuts than me". "Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody that calls themselves Dodgers".