The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the midst of the kind of dastardly stretch that leaves fans questioning whether or not the team is even trying. The offense has stalled out, the pitching is sans-Walker Buehler, and the hustle from Trea Turner is … OK, yeah, maybe this team actually isn’t trying.
You can’t accuse Chris Taylor of flipping off the switch, though. The Dodgers’ utility man and potential 2021 team MVP (Max Muncy, it’s close) has continued hitting in ’22 and slotting in wherever Dave Roberts requests, though it’s been all outfield thus far in this particular campaign.
Taylor manning left field led to his unfortunate moment over the weekend, when his extreme hustle in Game 3 of a three-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants led to him running headfirst into the bumper of a yellow car.
CT3 shoved his head directly into an advertisement while busting his buns on Sunday, leading to a bloodied face and an early exit in favor of Gavin Lux in the eighth inning.
So, will Taylor return on Tuesday when the Dodgers open up a series with the Angels? Or will he be waylaid in concussion protocol for a little while?
As of now, Taylor seems to have recovered enough to eat some delicious sushi, according to insider reporting by his fiancée.
Dodgers’ Chris Taylor is fine, eating sushi
“@KenRosenthal: #Dodgers Taylor is consuming sushi, should be cleared for rest of season. @Fiancee first.”
Truth be told, no amount of hustle can cover up a slump, and Taylor’s offensive contributions have dipped right along with the rest of his Dodgers’ teammates. Over his past 15 games, he’s hitting just .245 with a .429 slugging; over the past seven important games, that drops further to .167 and .333.
Those downward trends haven’t discouraged Taylor from giving it his all, though, and you have to credit him for keeping his head in the game until the bleeding got so severe he was no longer allowed to.
Ideally, Taylor will be picking apart Angels pitching on Tuesday night instead of picking apart his sashimi and checking for hidden wasabi buried under the rice.
That burns even more than a little forehead cut ever could.