Dodgers Fans Had Given Up On Chris Taylor

Taylor hit a walk-off home run Tuesday – the first of his career

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 19, 2018 - 9:54 am

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NBC LA Dodgers reporter Michael Duarte dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the Dodgers’ 3-2 walk-off win against Colorado on Tuesday. Chris Taylor homered in the 10th inning, as Los Angeles (84-68) has won six of seven.

“It was a great moment,” Duarte said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I’ll be honest with you: A lot of people had kind of given up on Chris Taylor this season. He has a team-high 166 strikeouts this year. That’s 20 more than anyone else on the team. He’s struggled a lot this year after that breakout season he had in 2017.”

Taylor, 28, hit .288 with a .354 OBP, 21 homers, 72 RBIs and 17 steals last season. This year, his numbers are down across the board.

“So when he comes up as the second batter there in the bottom of the 10th and Justin Turner is in the on-deck circle, a lot of people are like, ‘Well, if Chris Taylor can get on, Justin Turner can bring him in,’” Duarte said. “I don’t think anybody expected Chris Taylor would hit his first career walk-off, especially against a guy like Adam Ottavino, who he’s also struggled against and has been very successful this year. 

“So when he did that, this place erupted,” Duarte continued. “They know the implications of winning this game and guaranteeing they will still be in first place no matter what happens as they head into this weekend series with San Diego.”

The Dodgers lead the Rockies (82-69) by 1.5 games in the NL West entering play Sept. 19.