Dodgers: Old guys still rule in the postseason for LA

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Catcher Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers acknowledges the crowd after the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 in Game 3 of the NLDS to go up two games to one at Nationals Park on October 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Catcher Russell Martin #55 of the Los Angeles Dodgers acknowledges the crowd after the Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 10-4 in Game 3 of the NLDS to go up two games to one at Nationals Park on October 06, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers received plenty of attention for how their young players performed in the regular season.  Now it’s about the “old guys”.

In 2019, the Dodgers have received plenty attention for all the youngsters that have come up and contributed.  Will Smith, Gavin Lux, Dustin May, Matt Beaty, it was a never ending list of young players who came up and made big contributions this season.  The aforementioned players are the ones currently on LA’s postseason roster.

Sunday night’s game three victory was a reminder that the “old guys” on the Dodger roster will still play an important factor  into the Dodgers’ postseason.  Russell Martin who started the game because he and Ryu work well together, provided an unexpected source of offense.  Martin doubled to give the Dodgers’ a 3-2 lead and later followed up with a two run home run.

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Mixed in to that Russell Martin firepower is David Freese who singled to keep the rally alive.  Even though he did not start the game, Freese recorded three base hits and continued to add to his postseason legacy.  Martin and Freese are both candidates to start game four against Max Scherzer after their productive games.

Justin Turner is also one of the Dodgers’ “old guys” as he will turn 35 years old after the postseason.  JT delivered a clutch three run home run that helped provide the Dodgers some much needed cushion after Joe Kelly loaded the bases with no outs.  Turner worked the count in his at-bat and finally delivered the big blow with a full count.

Then there is Rich Hill who will start for the Dodgers today and look to work four to five innings before turning the game over to the Dodger bullpen.  Hill is likely pitching in his final postseason with the Dodgers so if he wants to extend his tenure with the Dodgers he will need to do his part to help the Dodgers advance to the NLCS.

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The Dodgers may be a team loaded with young talent, but they can still lean on their dependable veterans when they need to break out of a funk.  The “old guys” helped save the Dodgers from being put on the brink of elimination and today they could help get the Dodgers back to a fourth straight NLCS appearance.

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