Justin Turner’s walk-off home run against the Chicago Cubs in the 2017 NLCS is a moment when every Dodger can remember where they were when it happened. That meteoric home run vindicated the Dodgers, propelled them to their first World Series appearance in 29 years, and solidified them as legitimate contenders.
Prior to Turner’s blast, the Dodgers were a team that just couldn’t breakthrough in the playoffs. They lost to the Cardinals. Floundered against the Mets. Lost to the Cardinals again. They earned the “good, not great” moniker. A team that couldn’t put it all together in the big moments. Fans scapegoated former manager Don Mattingly for poor bullpen management, but there were plenty of other on-field mental lapses.
Coming Up Short
Andre Ethier got picked off at third by Yadier Molina in Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS versus the Redbirds to end a two-out rally with runners on first and second. The Dodgers season ended in a 3-2 defeat.
The aforementioned Justin Turner failed to cover third after a shift in Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS against the Mets and allowed Daniel Murphy,…