The possibilities with this Dodgers lineup are endless. The addition of Freddie Freeman not only freed up guys to move around the diamond but gives Dave Roberts an incredibly high-powered offense as well. The order in which he bats the top of the lineup should be something to watch all season long.
But if Friday night is any indication of things to come, that top of the order is going to be insane. Going with a lineup of Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Trea Turner is lethal. And that’s what they went with in the tie against the Padres.
But when asked about the order, Doc wouldn’t necessarily commit to it. But it is the surest that he has ever been with a Dodgers batting order compared to past Spring Training experiences. Expect that to be the order they run with for most of the year.
“It’s not set in stone but it’s certainly the way I’m thinking right now. I think that just Mookie’s comfort level to get the lineup going, to hit at the top, Trea’s ability to drive runs in, to get on base, his openness, and then also I think that Freddie in between those guys I think is important – to have the right-left-right-left potentially with Max Muncy right there it just poses a lot of problems for opposing teams.”
The Dodgers really like Mookie Betts in the leadoff spot. Doc already said earlier this week that he was going to continue to be their guy. But Trea has been very successful out of the three spot, meaning sliding Freddie into the two-hole works out very well.
It also helps to balance the lineup. Doc has shown a desire to go righty-lefty in his lineups over the last few seasons, and it looks like they will continue with that trend. But on Opening Day, expect those big three bats right there at the top.
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