A couple of weeks ago, the Dave Roberts police was out in force after the Dodgers manager tried to send Zach McKinstry, a position player, to the mound with his team trailing the Mets 9-4. However, the move was oversight on Roberts’ part since position players cannot pitch unless a team is trailing by six or more runs per MLB rules. The umpires barred the Dodger skipper from making the substitution and Doc detractors had a field day.
AM570’s David Vassegh revisited the moment in a recent interview with Dodgers reliever Blake Treinen. Vassegh let his thoughts be known on the whole idea of having a position player pitch.
“You guys do have 14 pitchers on your staff right now, you shouldn’t need a position player to pitch in a game.”
Treinen however, backed up his manager’s strategy in that moment.
“It all depends on situations. If you really are going to have yourself pigeonholed into guys that are available the next day, it makes sense to try something like that. Dave was totally justified in what he was doing.”
Treinen, who’s currently on the 60-day injured list due to a shoulder injury, highlighted when and why a position player pitching makes sense.
“Just like a lot of managers. They’re smart. They’re not just doing it to throw a curveball…they’re doing it for a reason. To try to benefit us down in the bullpen and help us win games. Baseball is a weird sport. You try your best to win games in the moment, then you also have to look ahead to tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day…”
The practice seems to be more and more common these days, especially this MLB season and whether fans like it or not, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
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