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Kenley Jansen makes things interesting, but Dodgers hold off Padres

By Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times on

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Max Muncy, meanwhile, was given Tuesday off as a mental break. The 2019 All-Star is batting .198 with 52 strikeouts. On Monday, he made two defensive miscues at first base in a disastrous seventh inning. He owns a 0.0 WAR, making him the equivalent of a replacement-level player.

Does Dave Roberts believe the Dodgers can win a World Series without at least two of them reversing their struggles?

"No, I don't. I don't," the manager said. "I think those three guys are a big part of our lineup. So, to have them not get on track, it'd be very difficult."

The diminished benefits of winning the division and earning the No. 1 seed was confirmed Tuesday when Major League Baseball announced its unprecedented postseason format. The top four seeds each league will host the first round, a three-game series, at their ballparks. The four winners on each side will then enter a bubble. The NL will play in Arlington and Houston. The American League will play at Dodger Stadium and Petco Park. The World Series will be held at Globe Life Field, the Texas Rangers' new home.

"All three games will be played in the top four seeds' home park, but ... that's pretty much the only advantage," Turner said. "So, I guess all I can say about that is it's another 2020 thing, right?"

Wherever they play, the Dodgers need Turner 100% healthy, more production from their stable of left-handed sluggers, and Jansen to avoid trouble in the ninth inning to win their first World Series in 32 years.

 

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SHORT HOPS

The Dodgers fired at least four members of their pro scouting department, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, as part of broader downsizing across the organization. The Athletic first reported the cuts.

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