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ARLINGTON, Texas — Eight days ago, before the first of what the Los Angeles Dodgers hope are three postseason rounds at Globe Life Field, Justin Turner and Mookie Betts gathered the team in right field to talk about the challenge that awaited them.
Turner and Betts had planned the meeting in advance. They wanted to emphasize what was at stake, but also, Turner said, “Remind guys that not everything’s gonna go our way. It might not be easy, but as long as we keep mentally grinding and supporting one another and playing as a group, together, we’ll be all right — we’ll get through anything.”
The Dodgers, who hadn’t dropped back-to-back games since the second week of September, are suddenly down 2-0 in this National League Championship Series, a hole only 15% of teams have been able to crawl out of in any best-of-seven postseason series.