Taylor Swift's 'Shake it Off' is the key to A.J. Ellis' postseason dominance
A.J. Ellis had a tough 2014 regular season. The Dodgers' starting backstop rolled his ankle during the celebration following Josh Beckett's no-hitter back in May and things didn't get much better from there. He ended up missing a big chunk of the season and hit just .191 with only 12 extra-base hits in 93 games.
But through the first two games of the NLDS against the Cardinals, Ellis is 5-for-8 with a double, a home run, four runs scored and three RBIs thanks in large part to a four-hit performance in Game 1. Who's responsible for Ellis' offensive resurgence?
That's right, Taylor Swift.
Before Ellis started coming to the plate to Taylor Swift's hit single "Shake It Off" in late August, he was hitting .180 with one home run and only five multi-hit games.
AJ Ellis has "Shake It Off" as his walk-up music, because, uh, I have no idea- Casey Morell (@csymrl) August 23, 2014
Since he adopted Swift as his walk-up song? Including the first two postseason games, Ellis is hitting .239 with three homers, 15 RBIs and six multi-hit games.