Who says the postseason is a best-of-seven series? Meet Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson was second in the National League in RBIs, second in hits and tied for second in the NL in home runs, but on Tuesday night he was the leading hitter at Coors…

Who says the postseason is a best-of-seven series? Meet Joc Pederson

Joc Pederson was second in the National League in RBIs, second in hits and tied for second in the NL in home runs, but on Tuesday night he was the leading hitter at Coors Field, slugging a career-high five home runs, and the Dodgers went on to win the season series 6-1.

Considering all of those other categories, it could have been a great question, but Pederson’s answer was worthy of a talk show discussion.

Oh, that’s right. Who said the World Series is a best-of-seven series? If those guidelines were followed, the Atlanta Braves would have won the National League East Division.

The first 15 home runs the Dodgers scored in their three-game sweep of the Braves were an RBI and Pederson didn’t pull any of those homers. That should come as no surprise, of course, as Pederson is one of the few players who has not yet had an RBI since he blasted 22 home runs while drawing an insane 125 walks in the season before 2016.

And because Pederson is not part of the most popular player in the sport’s history, there was much consternation among those who haven’t yet adopted the likes of Pablo Sandoval, Billy Hamilton and Donaldson. How could Pederson possibly hold his own against the best players of his generation? Well, it seems a hit parade was planned ahead of time, and the date of the Sunday night game at Coors Field was announced when Pederson and his teammates booked their accommodations in Denver. On a team of young hitters, Pederson is the veteran of the group.

Manager Dave Roberts said Pederson had a full week of BP and work sessions with curveballs before the first game, which the Dodgers lost to the Rockies 6-1. So much for that “wall-box” of home runs the Braves hadn’t hit since 2012.

“He had all sorts of timing,” Roberts said. “One ball was crushed on a line ball that was up the middle. And another was hit more like a baseball. We had him in as good a rhythm as possible.”

So who says the World Series is a best-of-seven series? And more importantly, who said the season is over at the all-star break? Pederson’s answer was memorable and funnier than about any zinger since Justin Timberlake opened the 2017 Super Bowl with a mashup of some of the biggest hit songs of all time.

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