Dodgers look like a broken team. Can they get it together for Game 5?

Los Angeles, CA - October 20: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner walks in the dugout.
Dodgers 3rd baseman Justin Turner strolls in the dugout after suffering a hamstring pressure throughout the seventh inning of a 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Video Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times)

What likely will be Justin Turner’s last look on the field for the Dodgers this season ended with an unfortunate and unforgettable grimace of pure suffering.

Their sparkplug 3rd baseman brought up unexpectedly while going out a ground ball in the seventh inning versus Atlanta on Wednesday and got the back of his left leg, the timeless indication of a hamstring injury. He moseyed towards the dugout, plainly in discomfort, coming down the actions with help from colleague AJ Pollock.

To browse the last stairs from the dugout to the Dodgers’ clubhouse he required aid from Albert Pujols, who covered his muscular left arm under Turner’s left arm while Turner clutched the railing for extra assistance.

Those minutes signified who and what the Dodgers are now, one win and 3 losses into their National League Champion Series versus the Braves: they’re diminished, more than a little damaged and dealing with the moment of truth after a dispiriting 9-2 loss at Dodger Arena left them one defeat from completion of their reign as World Series champs. Their season might end on Thursday, in Video Game 5 at Dodger Arena.

Supervisor Dave Roberts stated early signs were that Turner’s injury is Grade 2 in intensity. “I think that will be it for him,” Roberts stated. The Dodgers understand and share Turner’s discomfort.

They entered into this series without pitcher Clayton Kershaw and very first baseman Max Muncy due to the fact that of injuries. Now, they’re hoping starter Max Scherzer has actually recuperated from the “dead arm” he experienced in their Video game 2 loss to the Braves after being utilized in relief to conserve Video game 5 versus the San Francisco Giants in the NL Department Series.

Roberts likewise firmly insisted that Julio Urías, who was extended by pitching in relief in Video game 2 versus Atlanta, revealed no indications of tiredness Wednesday in a start that lasted 5 innings which the Braves simply “had a very good game plan for him.” If that’s all the issue was, there’s hope. If he genuinely was tired out, the Dodgers are done.

Thursday’s video game will be a bullpen video game for the Dodgers, and while their deep bullpen typically makes it simple for them to win those pieced-together video games, it’s reasonable to question just how much they have actually left — and if what they have actually left is enough to beat the Braves 3 times.

A season that was identified by 106 regular-season wins, a success over St. Louis in the wild-card video game, 2 resurgences versus the Giants in the NLDS and a stirring rally to win Video game 3 versus Atlanta flights on how well the Dodgers can pull themselves together physically and mentally versus Braves starter Max Fried.

Regrettably for the Dodgers, simply as they’re breaking down the Braves are coming together. The Braves didn’t let the frustration of their Video game 3 loss rollover into Video game 4. This time, when they increased 5-0 and the Dodgers returned to score two times in the 5th, the Braves padded their lead, including 4 runs in the ninth to put the video game out of reach.

“I feel like we’re a pretty complete team going forward,” stated very first baseman Freddie Freeman, who contributed a leadoff crowning achievement in the 3rd inning and a run-scoring double in the ninth to support Eddie Rosario’s amazing 2 crowning achievement and 4 runs batted in. “I feel really good about our pitching and how our offense has been swinging the bats. … Things are going well.”

The Dodgers have actually won 6 straight removal video games going back to last season. They removed a 3-1 deficit versus Atlanta in in 2015’s NLCS. However this circumstance feels various, with the lack of Muncy — and now Turner — flattening their offense and their cumulative spirit.

“Yeah, we feel bad for Justin. JT’s a warrior,” a downcast Pollock stated. “Obviously you could see him walking off the field. … You never want to see your teammate go down. He’s giving everything he’s got and it’s weird. Injuries, they stink. Both sides.”

Somebody’s got to step up, Pollock stated. No joking.

“Fried’s not going to feel sorry for us. He’s going to go for the jugular,” Roberts stated. “He’s got great stuff, and we’ve got to compete. Our backs are against the wall and no one’s going to feel sorry. We’ve got to find a way to stress him, get guys on base and push them across. That’s just the bottom line.”

And if they can be successful on Thursday, they then need to win two times more, at Atlanta, on Saturday and Sunday. Have they lack rallies? Will a group that was built at fantastic expense, a group that won 106 video games, fall to the Braves, who won 88 video games throughout the routine season? “We’ve been a really good team for a really long time,” Freeman stated, crediting Braves basic supervisor Alex Anthopoulos for reconstructing their outfield this season.

Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker stated his group isn’t the like the group that wasted the 3-1 series lead over the Dodgers last season. “We were a really good team. The difference is our starting pitching is more solidified,” he stated. “I think we’re a more mature team. I think that bodes well for us.”

Possibly it does. And possibly the Dodgers have one last push left in their worn out arms and hurting legs. However it’s hard to take a look at the image of Turner hopping off the field and not see the Dodgers’ playoff opportunities disappearing with him.

This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.