Dodgers fans have probably noticed a change in the lineup over the past week. With the offense struggling to get going, Doc admitted he was going to move some pieces around to jumpstart things. One of those moves came at the top.
Since the acquisition of Trea Turner, the Dodgers have consistently gone with him at the leadoff spot. When Mookie Betts returned from a hip injury, he slotted into the 3-hole whenever he has been in the lineup.
But that changed this past week. The Dodgers went with Mookie at the top and Turner in the 3-spot, and it sounds like that could be a new thing. Doc said before Friday’s win that they expect to go with that order for some time.
I just think we’re going to stay with that for a while. It’s nothing that has to be set in stone, but we’re going to give it a run. I think that Mookie, I like the way that he sees more pitches. His DNA is to get on base, and I think that dynamic of getting on base sets things up for everyone else in the order. Trea is a much more free swinger, gets on by way of getting hits.
Trea does have a tendency to hit for more power and extra-bases. But funny enough, both superstars have an almost identical OPS. The biggest difference is Mookie’s elevated on-base percentage over Turner’s higher slug. That’s part of the reason the Dodgers want Mookie at the top, to get on base.
You really can’t go wrong with either guy at the top. Turner is batting a little better at the leadoff spot in terms of average, but the combination of the 2 makes for a great lineup regardless. Put them anywhere, and they’re going to make things happen.
Now the offense just needs a jumpstart.