Left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers is probably the one spot this season where no one knows what’s going to happen. Sure, we know who some of the key components to that outfield spot will be, but we’re pretty much still unaware of who will be manning that spot for the most part.
Based on all reports, it definitely sounds more and more like that spot will be a by-committee nature for the team. And that’s fine. To be fair, that’s to be expected. Then again, we don’t exactly know the key components to said spot. We’re starting to get some idea.
Eight players started in left field for the Dodgers in 2015, and now we get into “I’ll take ‘Dodgers Outfielders’ for $400, Alex” territory. You might not guess, or answer, in “Jeopardy!” style, that Carl Crawford made the most starts in the Dodgers left field in 2015, with 42. Andre Ethier was next, at 38 starts, and guys named Chris Heisey and Scott Schebler had three each.
Hopefully the team doesn’t have to start eight different players in left field in 2016, or else it could be a really long season out there. It seems like Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke will be making the majority of the starts in left field, but that doesn’t mean that Carl Crawford won’t get his moments.
There’s still a lot of intrigue and mystery surrounding that spot, and that position could be batting anywhere from first, when Crawford is starting, to sixth or seventh, when Ethier or Van Slyke start, in the order. That’s a huge swing, but one the team will just have to live with this year.
The major hope is that one player starts to distance himself from the pack during Spring Training and takes the job as his own, but we won’t know until the games start to be played. Either way, the team seems stacked in left field — just not in a way you’d want to see most times. They just need to figure it out.