Grandal won't be in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Tuesday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Grandal has had a miserable NLCS thus far, from committing costly errors in Game 1, to striking out in a key spot with the bases loaded in the ninth during Game 3. He's gone 3-for-22 with a double and a solo home run through seven games in the postseason and will be available off the bench for Tuesday's matchup. Austin Barnes is slated to take over the catching duties with Grandal out of the starting nine.
Grandal is expected to start behind the dish for Game 3 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Monday, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Dave Roberts was clearly not pleased by Grandal's performance in Game 1, which led to his benching in the second game of the series. Roberts stated he believes Grandal and starting pitcher Walker Buehler have good chemistry, so he's giving Grandal another chance in a pivotal postseason contest.
Grandal is not in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLCS against the Brewers on Saturday. Grandal is just 2-for-17 so far in the postseason. Austin Barnes will take over behind the plate, batting eighth.
Grandal went 3-for-3 with a triple in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Grandal tallied a hit in all three plate appearances, including his second triple of the season, before being lifted for a pinch runner in the seventh inning. Playing at what's been a weak offensive position league-wide, the backstop is slashing .238/.350/.467 with 24 long balls and 68 RBI.
Grandal is not in the lineup Sunday against San Diego, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Grandal is hitting just .130 over his last nine games. Austin Barnes will get the call behind the plate Sunday.
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