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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Has No Answers For Not Using Matt Beaty

Doc didn’t use his hottest hitter…after he said he would.



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. 

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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. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Dave Roberts is an average manager. He fortunately landed on a team that allows him to look successful. He really seems like a great dude and has a world series championship as a manager and a player so on paper the credentials are there. I just think if we would have had a manager like a Bruce Bochy (God forgive me) we would already have multiple championships. I will even argue a guy like a Craig Counsell that does way more with less and is also a new wave thinker the Dodger brass seems to like would have multiple championships. I still think the Dodgers are going to win the division and play in the World Series but I also think if decision making doesn’t get better we will have a much harder time getting there than we should.

    • Actually, it sounds like DR has run out of excuses, and is throwing his arms up in the air, and saying I don’t know.

      • That also could be true but it’s interesting what Michael pointed out here in that Counsel and other managers are getting and doing more with less. A good example is how the Brewers without Yelchi still shut Dodgers down in 3 of those 4 games.

  2. And even though players are under performing Roberts has about as much to blame for this team’s inept play the last few weeks. And don’t be surprised if guys like Beaty desire to be traded as a result of how Dodgers handle the playing time with certain players. We WILL NOT be playing in October the way things are going offensively along with how Roberts is managing.

  3. There’s no rhym or reason for the ineptitude shown by Roberts. Right now he and the Dodger offense are a lost cause. Recall in late 2017 when the team went and lost 16 0f 17 games in September and that whole time kept putting that inept Curtis Granderson in the lineups take away AB’s from Verdugo and or Ethier at the time. I guess you have to really stink at the plate to obtain more AB’s and playing time over those who may deserve a better chance.

  4. Not using Beaty in both games is an outrage. Why is Muncy still hitting cleanup? Why is Rios still on the team. Roberts frustrates the hell out of me.

  5. MATT IS A VERY GOOD PLAYER. DR GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR AS——S SIT MUNCY DOWN, NOT FOR ONE GAME , SEND HIM DOWN TO OKLA. FOR A MONTH. MUNCY IS LOOSING GAMES, SO HE HITS A HOMER ONCE IN A WHILE,DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR ALL THE STRIKEOUTS, W/ MEN ON BASE . GET LUX OFF THE FIELD BEFORE HE LOOSES ANY MORE VALUE. PUT CHRIS @ 2ND AND MATT @ 1ST. DR, TOU HAVE MADE SO MANY SCREW UPS YOU DO NOT NEED TO MANAGE A TEAM W/SO MANY GREAT PLAYERS. AS LONG AS YOU MAKE THESE MISTAKES THERE WILL NOT BE A REPEAT OF ANYTHING

  6. The problem is that Roberts thinks Muncy hitting 209 is doing just fine. And batting him in the cleanup spot is another example of Roberts’s ineptitude. Even tho he does draw a lot of walks you put a player in that spot that is driving the ball.

  7. Beatty’s played 1B and Muncy’s played 3B. It’s not optimal defensively but it renders playing Rios unnecessary. On the other hand, I really hope Rios can figure it out because the team could use the hitter he was last year.

  8. How much longer will he put up with Edwin Rios? He had runners in scoring position and pinch hit with Rios….with Beatty sitting on the bench. I predict that we just might look back when September comes around and wish we had done something differently in April and May.

  9. Beaty was not used properly last year and Roberts fell in love with Rios.Lux has not been hitting. Muncy is repeating last year. Rios should have been sent down a long time ago. Roberts or management has lost its way on Beaty. Beaty is a better hitter than Rios and can play more positions better. Are the Dodgers trying to keep more players of color in the lineup?? Change the batting order. Do something. Seager is not right. Is he hurt or has the League figured out how to get him out this year. Let him go back to swinging at the first pitch. Did the Championship go to Roberts and Managements head. Or is everyone except Turner reading all the stories about the best team in history. Sad to see all this talent wasted by “We will be ok”. Custer said he wasnt surrounded too.

    • Seager is hurt ! his back is still a problem , he can not bend down and get routine grounders 4 , I counted in 5 games his throwing is off as is his hitting . Something else I noticed is he is moving his bat around to much instead of being set . Lets move to CT3 he is starting to dance in the batters box again , his back foot is not planted again . Rios could’nt hit the ocean if he fell out of a boat , Lux not there yet . We look great on paper , to bad we dont play on paper .

  10. Well said — Rios has been terrible and needs to be benched. Give Beaty the opportunity to replace him.

  11. He has no answers for the whole team! Just a Pathetic performance from a team. If i were Bauer I’d ask to traded to the Reds! At least they can score!!

  12. How hard is it to figure out that anybody who is hot with the bat needs to be in the lineup when the only thing your other hitters in the lineup are hitting is a few unfortunate gnats buzzing around home plate?

  13. The same argument can be said for Austin Barnes…the brass give him two years while Ruiz is sitting on ice in the minors??? Boy would I love to see Smith/Ruiz as our everyday guys behind the dish. You say, Barnsey has the confidence of Clayton Kershaw? See AJ Ellis for crissakes! As for Doc, it’s no surprise to see him send an ice cold Rios to the plate with a hot Beaty available on the bench. How many times has he cooled off hot bats over the years with a day the hitter don’t need?

    • With no Belli – and we now see how crucial he is to this team- and Seager and Betts producing little, the team will struggle. Seager appears to have very little of the intensity and confidence he displayed in 2020. Ruiz should be the second catcher, while Barnes is an able utility guy. Muncy needs to be more consistent, otherwise another bench warmer. Pull Seager from the 2 hole, maybe switch Betts as well

  14. Agree on comments re keeping a red hot Beaty in the lineup. Also, would love to have Mike Sciosia at the helm of this team.

  15. he is terrible. he coaches like it is for Little League where everyone plays every day. it has costed them several games. these players are in their 20’s, they do not need 2-3 games off. that is silly and poor coaching.

  16. Roberts is a poor manager . Taking guys out of the lineup when they are hot to rest them . Continues to rely on Jansen , pulling pitchers too soon . They need a consistent lineup with a proven professional manager . He was lucky to win last year . Some rumblings of pitchers not knowing their role will cost him. He just does too much juggling and hurts players who want to play every day l

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