Monday night’s rain delay was a depiction of the Dodgers’ current state of mind. It’s been cloudy, stagnant and out of the ordinary compared to the illustrious landscape that was assembled during the historic start to the season.
A lot of things have gone wrong lately, but certain areas must become clear sooner rather than later. Dave Roberts has experimented with so many different lineups everyday, and it’s tough to get players to gel that way. These trials have not shown much promise and it looks like he’s ready to settle the dispute of an overcrowded outfield.
Roberts said he's starting Granderson because he wants "to get him right." But Taylor will return to the lineup tomorrow.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 12, 2017
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way yesterday night against the Giants. “Grandy,” went 0-2 with one strikeout; making his batting average (.208) and on-base percentage (.320) team lows in those categories amongst players who get regular opportunities. Fans are constantly complaining about how often Roberts has given him starts. All there is to do is wait to see how long Roberts is going to try to “get him right” and give him opportunities, though Granderson’s successful last few months with the Mets have earned him the shot to improve.
It wouldn’t be wise to give up on Granderson now because he still brings a positive veteran presence. He can make impactful plays in a postseason game, but it seems clear as of now that he shouldn’t be starting in the postseason.
Despite his inexperience in the outfield, Taylor grades out as #Dodgers best defensive option in CF. Speed makes for good range, strong arm
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 12, 2017
The reason why this is taking place is because the Dodgers haven’t had much success this year with Joc Pederson in center field, and Taylor obviously fits that mold they’ve been searching for recently. Curtis Granderson, Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez should get some innings here and there, but Chris Taylor seems to have the position on lock.
This leaves left field open to the names listed above, as well as Andre Ethier or even Alex Verdugo. Cody Bellinger is also a very real possibility if Adrian Gonzalez can figure out a way to get healthy and make an impact with his bat, though he went 0-5 Monday night against San Francisco.
The only thing they should be focusing on now is winning, especially since the number one overall seed in the National League and home field advantage are on the line now. Who do you think should be starting in the outfield? Let us know in the comments below!
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