The Dodgers and the Cubs each have a game apiece in the NLCS after Los Angeles won a tight 1-0 victory in Game Two at Wrigley Field, on the back of (yet another) incredible pitching performance by Clayton Kershaw. The shutout was in stark contrast to Game One, which featured the Cubbies knocking in a big eight runs. Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal thinks he knows the reason for the sudden change.
“We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs,” Grandal said after Game Two, according to the L.A. Times. “We know who is getting the signs. We know what they’re doing. We know what they do to get it.”
Grandal also pointed to a particular moment of Game One when Ben Zobrist hit a lead-off double and the next batter, Addison Russell, refused to swing while earning a 3-0 count from reliever Joe Blanton.
“All the sudden, Russell is not taking good swings at sliders, looking like he’s looking for a fastball and in a certain location,” Grandal added. “Did we know Zobrist had the signs and was doing something for it? Yeah, we did. That’s why we do it.”
Despite the worry that the Cubs are gaining some extra info, Grandal says the pitching staff won’t be changing their signs at such a late stage in the season.
“In the playoffs, one relayed sign could mean the difference between winning the World Series and not getting there,” he said. “That’s why we have four or five different sets of signs, and we’re constantly changing.”