3. The Three Spot Has to Change
Robbie Grossman DHing in the three spot isn't it. Let's take the L, be thankful that it didn't cost us any games, and move on.
Grossman had 4 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 hit in his 10 plate appearances for the series.
Corey Seager was balling out in the two spot (and Marcus Semian had a strong Game 2 leading off), but the momentum constantly died with Grossman.
And the Rays absolutely knew that Grossman was a weak spot to attack. They were able to pitch around Seager with no concerns about walking him, since Grossman was in no position to punish them.
Is it premature to say Evan Carter should be batting third? I don't think so, especially with how bad Grossman was in that spot in the Wild Card round.
Realistically though, we may well be better off with Grossman out of the lineup altogether, not just batting lower in the order.