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Dodgers Notes: Curtis Granderson’s chances for another start are slim

By in Press Enterprise on October 20, 2017

By Bill Plunkett

CHICAGO — For nearly two months now, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been Curtis Granderson’s biggest defender, vowing that he would “not give up” on the veteran outfielder and promising a breakout at some point.

After Granderson struck out four times in Game 4, however, it seems unlikely Roberts would put him in a starting lineup again whenever the Dodgers face another right-handed pitcher.

“I’m not out that far yet,” Roberts said before Game 5. “Honestly, I’m not really thinking about a potential right-hander. I’m thinking about (Cubs Game 5 starter Jose) Quintana tonight and our team tonight. I’m not thinking about a potential lineup selection against a right-hander.”

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Granderson’s main issue, Roberts said, has been an inability to handle breaking pitches. So naturally, he is getting a steady diet of them from opposing pitchers.

“The adjustment he needs to make – and I know he knows this – is on the breaking balls,” Roberts said. “They’re going to spin him. So you have to be able to get them off the breaking ball.”

Granderson has been putting in the work “it’s just not working out,” Roberts said.

If Roberts gave Granderson one last chance in Game 4, it was because of his history against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Going into the game, Granderson was 11 for 34 (.324) in his career against Arrieta with three home runs. But almost all of that success came before 2015 when Granderson was in New York and Arrieta had not […]    

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