The platoon idea has been something that has irked Dodgers fans for years. The idea of rotation guys in and out of the lineup based on which pitcher was in the game that day has bit Dave Roberts in the past, but it’s also worked.
With Joc Pederson leaving Los Angeles via free agency, those days were thought to be over in left field. The general consensus was that the Dodgers would go with AJ Pollock as often as possible and that would be that.
But in a media call on Wednesday, it sure sounded like Dave Roberts is open to multiple guys out there. Joc is gone, but the Dodgers have an entire bench of guys that they can pair up with AJ out there moving forward.
I expect AJ who has always hit righties, lefties to be out in left field. I know Chris Taylor does the same thing, so he’s going to need his at-bats. Then you kind of layer in Matt Beaty getting in some repetition some at-bats in left field which I feel really good about. Joc is a hard guy to replace, but I think it’s going to be a high-class problem to make sure these talented players get those at-bats out there.
The truth is that even in a great 2020 season, Pollock did not hit right-handed pitching nearly as well. The same can be said of his 2019 season with the Dodgers as well. But to say that he absolutely destroyed southpaws would be an understatement, slashing .345/.367/.818 with a ridiculous 1.185 OPS last year.
So with those numbers in mind, it would make sense that Doc wants to keep up the platoon role. Matt Beaty was a little bit of a surprise to see mentioned, but he has hit right-handed pitching well. The Dodgers could also get more of Zach McKinstry out there as well, another guy who has hit righties.
All of that to say, don’t expect the platoon to just disappear with Joc gone. The Dodgers are going to continue to play their matchups, perhaps now more than ever.
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