It’s a lot easier to take recent moves made by the Dodgers and put them under a microscope when the team is going through a rough patch. Still, that’s certainly been the case with these Dodgers and Dave Roberts. It seems like every move that he has made over the last few weeks has been ridiculed.
And to be fair, a lot of the times that ridicule isn’t deserved. There’s only so much a manager can do when players aren’t performing to their full potential. But what the Dodgers are doing with Matt Beaty just seems wrong.
Beaty came off of a really impressive game on Sunday that highlights a streak of success since his return from the alternate site. He went 6-for-9 over the weekend and drove in 7 runs, reaching base 7 times. But the Dodgers did not have him in the game 1 lineup. Doc said after the game that he expected him in the lineup later on Tuesday night.
Not only was Beaty not in the lineup, but he didn’t get a single at-bat in the 2 losses. The Dodgers brought him up to pinch-hit before pulling him when the Cubs countered with a southpaw in game 2. Doc’s answer for him not playing had fans in an uproar.
Yeah, he’s swinging the bat really well, he is. He’s going to be in there tomorrow… I think that for me, Matt Beatty to help our ball club coming off of the bench taking at-bats, getting starts here and there, I think that’s his role on this club. So he’s got to continue to be ready.
Doc pointed to guys like AJ Pollock, Max Muncy, and Gavin Lux who have all been doing fine. That likely means that Doc doesn’t want to sacrifice one of them in order to get Beaty more starting opportunities. But when the Dodgers are in a slide like this, I just cannot believe that is the best move.
Edwin Rios is in the slide of a lifetime, the kind that gets most players sent down for the rest of the season. So adding in the fact that he has been getting far more opportunities doesn’t help Doc’s case. Of course, they’re sort of unrelated since Edwin plays the hot corner.