Despite Wrist Issues, Chris Taylor Bops At The Plate – Weekly Recap – May 17 – 23
Taylor only played in four games the week prior, but he went on a tear. Despite missing two games due to sore wrist issues, it didn’t seem to affect Chris Taylor and the way he swung at the plate. He’s been a catalyst in the Dodgers lineup as they’ve turned things around, so Taylor being healthy had been key to this point.
Chris Taylor vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
May 17 – Rest Day with a Bit Of Defense
Taylor wasn’t in the starting lineup for the first game of the series as he dealt with a sore wrist. He did come into the game as a defensive replacement in the 9th and was a part of the inning-ending double play to help secure the win.
May 18 – CT3 on 3B
CT3 was back in the starting lineup after missing Sunday and Monday’s game. He also made his first start of the season at third base. He only had one ball hit to him at third and got the runner at first. Offensively, Taylor had a great day at the plate and helped the offense get going in this one. After walking his first time up, he broke the tie in the 5th with a two-run shot giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. He singled in the 7th and came around to score on Lux’s grand slam, putting this game away and putting the Dodgers up 8-1.
CT3-1, Dodgers. pic.twitter.com/QIaEwSfCdI
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 19, 2021
May 19 – Defensive Star
Back at second base in this game, Taylor didn’t have much going for him with the bat, but defensively he flashed the leather. He took away a hit from Locastro in the 4th when he made a diving play and threw him out at first. Taylor only reached once in this game on a walk, but it ended up being in a crucial moment of the game. He came around to score when Smith reached on an error to the outfield, and two runs came across, giving the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
May 20 – Ok, This One Was…Less Good
For the third game in a row, Taylor was playing a different position. This time he was penciled in at centerfield. He went down looking at a pitch inches off the zone his first time up and singled the next time around. He was left stranded, and this was the only time he reached in the game. Taylor committed an error when he pulled up on the ball and missed it as it went off his glove. It looked more like a miscommunication between him and Mookie more than anything else. The runner was stranded, and the error didn’t hurt the team.
Chris Taylor @ San Francisco Giants
May 21 – Two Run Blast
Taylor only had one hit in the series opener against the Giants, but it was the deciding factor in the Dodgers coming away with a win. With old friend Alex Wood on the mound, he left a hanging slider for Taylor, who hit a rocket to dead center, putting the Dodgers up 2-0. It was his sixth home run of the season and his second one in the last four games.
CT3 to dead center! pic.twitter.com/fQuVdi47jX
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 22, 2021
May 22 – …whelp.
Taylor struggled at the plate in this game, striking out twice and not reaching in any of his five at-bats. This game ended a streak for Taylor in which he had reached base in every game he started in May.
May 23 –
In the series finale against the Giants, Taylor only got three at-bats in this game, with the Dodgers having a 10-0 lead early on. But he did contribute to the Dodgers lead in the 3rd inning when his RBI base hit made it 5-0. He came across to score later in this inning on Lux’s grand slam. Barnes came into pinch-hit for Taylor in the 7th inning ending his day.
Taylor didn’t put in his strongest week at the plate and bobbled a couple of plays in the outfield. But at the same time, it’s fair to say Taylor might still be dealing with the wrist soreness. We all know this team can’t take another hit right now, so Taylor may be taking one for the team and playing through some soreness. He’s been fantastic for most of the season and had some nice home run swings this week. Let’s see how he does next week, and if he can get back to hitting the ball, he was in the previous weeks.
R: 5 (37)
Hits: 5 (39)
RBI: 5 (21)
AB: 22 (140)
BB: 2 (25)
2B: 0 (5)
3B: 0 (3)
HR: 2 (6)
SB: 0 (5)
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