Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.
Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley and Padres runner Derek Norris collide between first and second base. Norris was called out for interference, and later left the game with a quadriceps injury. (Thomas Cordova/Staff photographer)
Yasmani Grandal suggested in his comments following the Dodgers’ 8-6 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday that the team needed to “play with fire.” It wasn’t so much that the fire isn’t there, the catcher said, but rather that the Dodgers “at times we feel like we know that we’re better than the other team, and we can lay back and relax.”
Grandal gave that interview after Dave Roberts‘ postgame media scrum, so Friday was the first time the Dodgers’ manager heard those words. His response was pointed and blunt.
Here’s what each man had to say on the topic of the Dodgers playing too relaxed: