Dear Dave Roberts,
Look, things just aren’t working out right now. I understand that it’s not directly your fault — you’re not out there playing the games — but also running the same players out there in the same order so very often… it just needs to change.
You know, it’s disheartening for a fan to hear an “idk” answer from the team’s manager, but honestly, I get it. I don’t know either.
It’s time for you to make a change
Let’s work out some things… Yes, you/we got lucky last year with a breakout from CT3, but we’re at a point where a ~.290 on-base percentage isn’t going to cut it at leadoff. Please, for the love of all that is holy, please drop him to 7 or 8 and let him figure himself out.
Belli ain’t right right now, not at all. Take the pressure off. Give him a different view of the game. Bat him leadoff A game or two, give him some starts in the outfield. Make it fun for him, and give him a challenge outside of being the de facto run producer. He’s hurting.
Side note, did you know that he’s batting .216 with 12 Ks since the great #BellBenching of 2018? I understand the intent behind the move, and I’m not looking to directly question your motives, but was it the best time or move to spark the player or the clubhouse?
No one can blame you for the struggle of losing your number three batter, and a clubhouse force like Justin Turner; also I feel that the loss of Adrian Gonzalez is much deeper than just homeruns and pop ups… you’re without real clubhouse generals and it seems like maybe things are getting out of hand for you.
Step outside of the comfort zone of familiarity, heck even go get yourself kicked out of a ballgame defending your batters against bad balls and strikes calls.
Just change it up; blow the dang thing up, pop open five Red Bulls and stay up all night to work on something completely outside the bun, because this ain’t working no more.
Don’t worry about us, we’re Dodgers’ fans, we’ll be at the park almost every game either way, but help give us something to cheer about.
Sincerely, and with love,
Editor’s note: this post was written before the lineup announcement on 5/11, which has Chris Taylor out of the leadoff spot.
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