When one sees the stats put up in limited action this season by Alex Guerrero, one may wonder why he continues to come off the bench for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Guerrero is hitting .474 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in just 19 at-bats. In the series against the San Francisco Giants, he provided four of the six runs scored by the offense. Even with those numbers, it’s likely that Guerrero will be out of the starting lineup on Friday night.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, the 28-year-old wants more playing time:
Alex Guerrero said he wants to play every day, but respects Manager Don Mattingly's decisions.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) April 23, 2015
It’s easy for Guerrero to see starting third baseman Juan Uribe hitting .250 with no home runs or RBIs and expect to start more games; however, it’s only been 15 games and the Dodgers are not going to be making any drastic changes this early in the season.
According to Alex Espinoza of MLB.com, manager Don Mattingly is glad that Guerrero is anxious to play more:
[He] has a little bit, probably, some trouble understanding all of it, which is fine,” Mattingly said. “It’s like everybody, anybody who’s not playing, you want them to want to play.”
Mattingly has “heard” those asking for Guerrero to start, but won’t let that affect his decisions:
I know the people are chanting for Alex right now,” Mattingly said, “but there’s other guys, too, that probably have swung the bat better. From the standpoint of … J.T. hits .340 last year, leads the league in hitting, basically. Now, because he’s not the flavor of the day, we start talking about someone else. That’s where we can’t get involved with what happened over a 10-day period.”
If Guerrero continues to produce as the season rolls along, then it’s possible we may see him more in the starting lineup.
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