Dodgers: Logan Forsythe’s Quietly Impressive Postseason

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Logan Forsythe
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Logan Forsythe /

Before the playoffs started, I had written about the Dodgers that needed to step it up if the team wanted to make it to the World Series.

In it, I mentioned Logan Forsythe as one of the players who needed to step up. Not only has he gained some trust back from Dodgers fan, but he has also proven to be a valuable piece for Los Angeles this October.

Logan Forsythe came into the playoffs with something to prove. After a disappointing season, Forsythe was looking for some way to prove to the Dodgers he was still a player that can contribute to the team. So far he’s left a nice impression.

Logan started the postseason off well as he went 1-3 in Game 1 against the D-backs. His star shone a little brighter in Game 2 where he went 3-5 with a run batted in. Forsythe ended up going 4-9 in the series and drawing one walk. Not too bad for the supposed bum he was.

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The NLCS also went well for Logan as he started off the series by going 1-2 and drawing two walks. Forsythe went hitless in Game 2 but he was able to draw a walk during the game. Forsythe ended the series on Thursday night with a 1-5 game where he drove a double off of the wall in Wrigley.

Overall, Forsythe has a slash line of .316/.458/.368 which is better than what I was expecting from him this postseason. What has been more critical is Forsythe gives the Dodgers an option to play at second base as Chase Utley has been nothing more than a role model these playoffs.

Another underrated aspect of this postseason for Forsythe is his ability to bat anywhere in the lineup. So far he has hit out of the 8th hole, 5th hole and 6th hole. His ability to hit from any spot in the lineup gives Dave Roberts an easy decision to make before each game.

Forsythe isn’t going to jump off the page with his stats, but he has been quietly above average. He brings versatility to the lineup while also giving Roberts professional plate appearances.

He gives the Dodgers good defense over at second base and could take over any infield spot if needed. The guy is doing a lot for LA while getting very little credit for it.

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Forsythe isn’t hitting the ball like Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner. He won’t get the attention that Kike Hernandez is getting. He won’t even get the same amount of love as guys as Andre Ethier do. However, Logan Forsythe is an important reason why the Dodgers are headed back to their first World Series since 1988.