After setting a big league record with eight home runs on Opening Day, Dave Roberts met some skepticism for changing the lineup drastically for Friday evening’s game. However, Roberts stands by the decision and says that everyone needs to get used to it. Furthermore, it sounds as if the platoon and player shuffle we have become accustomed to will continue.
Roberts told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register that the Dodgers won’t deviate from their strategy.
“We are going to move guys around. Our guys have done it for three years and we’re going to do it again,” he said.
What this means – is that the Dodgers are likely to never have the same lineup twice. Always tinkering, and shuffling yacht furniture on the deck of the ship. Even if Joc Pederson homers a few times and is red hot – he might not necessarily play the next day. In fact, anyone seems to be fair-game for a day off. Moreover, there is no rhyme or reason to try and guess at what the Dodgers will do next with the lineup card.
“It’s part of having a plan,” he said. “Yeah, sometimes it can be hard not to deviate. I’m not saying I’m in a box. But it’s the second game of the season. You have to be able to stick to a plan for at least a couple games.”
Personally, I don’t like the platoon lineups. They aren’t going away, so I need to get used to them. Still, I make the case that it ruins hot streaks, prolongs slumps, and you use all your toys up early. Then you’re using Hyun-Jin Ryu to pinch hit when a game goes into extra innings.
What are your thoughts on the use of platoon lineups? Do you mind them? Are you okay with the Dodgers employing this strategy?
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