The Dodgers have one of the more consistent lineups in baseball this year. Despite being a heavily platooned team in years past, this season has been incredibly steady. And while that has been great for production, that has put them in an odd position with bench players.
Guys are always going to need days off of their feet, so obviously bench players will get time. But there is at least one guy who the Dodgers need to get into the lineup more often. That would be Edwin Rios, who is coming off one heck of a series against the Pirates.
Rios got 10 at-bats against Pittsburgh over the 3 game series, and he made the most of them. He went 5-for-10 with a pair of homeruns and 7 runs driven in. Rios also drove in the only runs of the game on Monday and Wednesday. But the Dodgers only gave him 23 at-bats in the previous 26 games before that series.
Edwin Ríos has posted a .930 OPS with 3 HR, 9 RBI in 33 ABs this season.
How should the Dodgers get him more opportunities?
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So it does seem like the Dodgers need to at least consider getting Rios’ bat in there more often. When you look at how other guys are hitting, it only further stresses that. Max Muncy has struggled big time so far this year, and he has gone 3-for-21 so far this month. It’s tough to sit Rios when he’s hitting like that.
The Dodgers could easily slot Rios in at the DH spot on days when JT is at the hot corner. But so far, Rios has not had those opportunities. With a.930 OPS and 3 homers in 33 at-bats, they need to find a way to get him in there more often. At least until Muncy starts to find his rhythm.