Dodgers vs. Brewers: Yasmani Grandal's disastrous NLCS continues after three strikeouts and another passed ball

Soon after the Dodgers' shutout home loss to the Brewers in Game 3 of the NLCS, manager Dave Roberts, whose team is down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, was asked about his catcher for Game 4 on Tuesday: 

"Austin" would be usual backup catcher Austin Barnes, and "Yas" would be Yasmani Grandal, the Dodger starter behind the plate under more normal circumstances. The current circumstances, though, are anything but customary. 

Grandal is in the midst of a nightmare postseason. Coming into Monday's Game 3 against Milwaukee, Grandal was buried under the weight of a career .094/.256/.188 line in 24 postseason games. Then he went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts and as his lone hit a well placed pop-up "double" ... 

He also left five runners on base. He also committed another passed ball, which gives him three in his two NLCS games. His Game 3 passed ball on top of Grandal's multitude of other struggles was enough to make even Mary Hart breathe a little fire from the premium seats ... 

Even the wild pitch from Walker Buehler in the sixth was one Grandal should've probably smothered ... 

Grandal's NLCS Game 1 was bad enough to make us write about it, and here we are writing up his second appearance in the series in a similar manner. As Roberts noted above, Grandal was a key part of their success in the regular season -- he's a skilled pitch-framer who put up an OPS+ of 120 with 24 home runs in 140 games. But his October tribulations have led to booing like he's probably never heard before. Perhaps more wounding was this ... 

To hear the manager tell it, those fans will get what they want in Game 4. 

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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