The Dodgers have a lackluster bullpen that will not get any better without some sort of dramatic change. The club also appears to have a similar issue on their hands with their current second basemen corps.
The current plan of action is to run Max Muncy, Kiké Hernandez, and Chris Taylor out to second base for their shares of playing time. Muncy has enjoyed a fantastic year, Kiké Hernandez has been well below-average, and Chris Taylor has picked things up of late, but still is about league-average.
Let us take a look at where the Dodgers’ second basemen rank amongst the MLB in some key statistics:
AVG: .215 (27th)
OBP: .282 (27th)
OPS: .674 (19th)
wRC+: 79 (19th)
WAR: 0.5 (t-17th)
K%: 22.7% (21st)
WPA: -0.46 (17th)
Lackluster to say the least. Now let’s look at the contributions from the three main sharers of the playing time when they play second base:
Max Muncy: .196/.288/.471 and 1 DRS
Kiké Hernandez: .239/.306/.411 and 5 DRS
Chris Taylor: .275/.333/.431 and 0 DRS
Muncy has been pretty poor offensively at second base for some reason, Hernandez has been pretty solid defensively but lacks the offensive ability, and Chris Taylor has been the best of the bunch at the plate.
This is a serious problem and quite possibly as serious as the bullpen problem. Although the offense is a strong suit of the club, second base is a real liability. Luckily, there are some options available on the trade market this year — guys like Scooter Gennett and Whit Merrifield.
Merrifield has excelled this year with a .293/.342/.476 slash line to go with 7 homers and 9 steals. Gennett has yet to accrue an at-bat this year for the Cincinnati Reds due to injury.
Gavin Lux, currently at Tulsa, could find time eventually, especially considering Corey Seager will miss over a month due to injury.
The problem needs fixing and soon.