For whatever reason, the Dodgers can’t seem to rid themselves of the injury bug. The recent wave of injuries has led the Dodgers outfield depth crippled. Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor are both sidelined with their own issues which leaves the team with only two quality outfielders in Mookie Betts and AJ Pollock. Albeit a reduced Pollock as he returns from a hamstring injury.
The Dodgers also have Luke Raley on the roster as well as Gavin Lux who has been seeing time in the outfield but has limited experience. There’s also Matt Beaty who has seemed to be forgotten by the coaching staff, since returning from the minors. During a pregame press conference, Dave Roberts revealed the reason why Beaty hasn’t seen much time out on the field.
“I like Matt Beaty on the bench… I don’t see him as a defender, I see him as a really – taking a great at bat against a right hander.”
While Doc didn’t necessarily say he was a bad defender, it really seems that way. If that is the case, it doesn’t make much sense as the team is sacrificing defense with the placing of Lux in center field. He only has a handful of appearances there this season and not one in center field. There’s also Luke Raley who is an outfielder by trade, but he’s no gold glover.
The biggest concern for Los Angeles should be offense as they have found themselves lacking in that department white a bit this season. He’s hit .316 with 1 home run and 5 RBI over his last 30 appearances. it’s fair to wonder if he could have produced more with an increase of playing time.