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Dodgers Dave Roberts Discusses Kershaw’s Health, Offense Against Lefties

Kershaw is looking great and so is the offense as of late.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 3: Manager Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 3, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sat down with Alanna Rizzo before Wednesday night’s game to talk about the offense against left-handed pitching and Clayton Kershaw’s health and preparation.

Roberts Talks Offense Against Southpaws

At one point this season, Dodgers’ left-handed bats held the best wRC+ in the league against left-handed pitching. Here is Roberts’ opinion on the comebacks of Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and Alex Verdugo boosting the offensive corps against southpaws in the near future:

“This year is fortunately different in the way our lefties have handled left-handed pitching. We are in a good spot. With Corey [Seager], Cody [Bellinger], and [Max] Muncy, you feel good about those guys against left-handed pitching.

Getting guys like Kiké [Hernandez] and [Chris] Taylor back with all the guys we have now. I think we are in a good spot with whoever we end up facing.”

While that has changed somewhat with the struggles of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger for a short time, they still remain amongst the league’s best against the southpaws collectively. The Dodgers rank sixth in the National League with a 102 wRC+ against southpaws as a team and their lefties ranks second in the National League against other lefties with a 107 wRC+.

Kershaw’s Health

Roberts was also asked by reporters about Kershaw’s health this season considering

“He [Kershaw] and our strength staff and training staff have a good relationship. Clayton has been very open to changing some things in his preparation, but this guy has more will and desire than anyone I have ever been around. Sometimes with your body, there are things you cannot control, but whatever he can control as far as workload he has done that.”

Roberts also went on to talk about keeping Kershaw healthy the rest of the season so he can be at his best in October.

Overall

Roberts seems more than confident in his offensive structure, especially when key players return to health. He also feels as if Clayton Kershaw is hitting his stride and health has been the key. All are good things to hear out of the Dodgers’ manager.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Why is Pederson still getting at bats in the majors? He should sent down to AAA to figure things out. Don’t tell me he hits homeruns, he’s an automatic out.

  2. Joc is a year removed from free agency. My guess is he is traded this off season. But that being said; he is a decent defender in the outfield. He has a good ABP against lefties. He has a lot of pop. And he is a good for the clubhouse. Also, he takes one for the team. Watched parts of 2 straight games in the last week. He banged into the wall hard in left to take away a double. Thought he might be hurt. But he shook off the trainer and kept playing. The next night he hit the wall in right to catch a ball. 2 balls in 2 nights that most players would have played off the wall. He is not afraid of the big stage either. He may never make another All Star game; but he has always been a good Dodger.

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