NLCS 2013: Los Angeles Dodgers’ 5 Most Important Batters

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5 More Important Batters For The Dodgers

5 More Important Batters For The Dodgers
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For the Los Angeles Dodgers, the NLDS saw just about every member of the lineup step up at a certain point. Maybe it was the entire Game 1 outburst that helped Clayton Kershaw cruise to victory, or maybe it was in Game 2 when Hanley Ramirez hit a two run jack that put the Dodgers down by only one; sadly, it wasn’t enough to get the job done. The Game 4 clincher where we saw Carl Crawford hit two solo home runs and the two failed bunt attempts, followed by the game winning two run shot by a once forgotten Juan Uribe is still fresh in just about everyone’s mind in both Los Angeles and Atlanta. Yasiel Puig hitting over .400 and Adrian Gonzalez batting a very quiet .333 are both worth noting as well. The offense was for sure hitting on all cylinders in the NLDS.

Now that the Dodgers are one step closer to the World Series, they’re going to need their offense to continue hitting and stay hot just a little bit longer. The St. Louis Cardinals are capable of putting up quite a few runs, so every single batter in the Dodgers’ lineup is going to have to do their part. Not every hitter is a superstar, but even the non-superstars are going to have to do their very best in order to help the Dodgers. However, these five players were very good in the NLDS, and they’re the most important batters for the Dodgers entering the NLCS.

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Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe
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Juan's two run homer propelled the Dodgers into the NLCS. If he can continue hitting for a high average and getting important home runs, he'll be doing more than what the Dodgers expected from him.

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Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford
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Two solo shots in Game 4 of the NLDS were clutch and were a big reason the Dodgers were even in the game. If Crawford continues his play, the Dodgers will be in great shape.

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Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig
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The Cuban sensation had a solid spring training, followed by an amazing rookie regular season, and it continued in the NLDS with a .400+ batting average. He'll have to keep the streak going in the NLCS for the Dodgers to play at their best.

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Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez
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Gonzalez had a quiet but solid regular season, and backed that up by hitting .333 in the NLDS. Considering he's the bat in between Hanley and Yasiel in the lineup, he'll have to continue his quiet but solid approach.

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Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez
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Being on fire isn't even a way to describe Ramirez's play. The man is legitimately out of this world right now. If he keeps it up, the Dodgers may just go all the way this year.

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