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Dodgers: Matt Beaty Comes Through in a Big Spot Once Again



The Dodgers have a stacked lineup top to bottom. There are few around Major League Baseball that would argue against that at this point. But when a guy like Mookie Betts can be on the injured list and it doesn’t hurt a team, they have to be stacked. 

But they’ve had success with guys like Matt Beaty being available to them. Even without consistent playing time, Beaty steps up and constantly delivers for the Dodgers. He did it again on Tuesday night with a 2-run double to take the lead. 

After the game, Beaty talked about that at-bat that ultimately proved to be the difference-maker in the Dodgers win. Small adjustments are what make him take such good at-bats, and that’s exactly what he did. 

Just trying to make a little bit of an adjustment up there at the plate and luckily, it wasn’t a huge adjustment but was able to get it past first base and score some runs. Just trying to put the ball in play, there are 2 outs and 2 strikes, hoping something good would happen. 

I recognize that I say this as a noted Matt Beaty fan, but odds are he’s a starter on most teams around baseball. He just happens to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. But Dave Roberts certainly knows the value he brings. 

It was great, Matt has been a pro. All guys want more at-bats, and his role on this club is to play sporadically and get spot starts and take tough at-bats off of the bench. Today, he really fought and competed. The base hit to center field and obviously the 2-run double was huge. …Really happy for Matty. 

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Obviously, the defense has been an issue for Matt in 2021, and that’s part of the reason why he doesn’t get more starts. But Roberts also seems to love him off of the bench given his ability to put the ball in play. He’s striking out in just 18 percent of plate appearances and still barreling balls more often than last year. 

He won’t start often, but Matt Beaty is incredibly valuable to this Dodgers team. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Beatty really screwed up by driving in the winning run last nite. Roberts probably won’t let him start for another week.

    • Hey Tim., if I read correctly Lux starts tonight’s game at 2nd and unfortunately Roberts in his ultimate ‘wisdom will sit Trea Turner if Seager is in at SS. Can you or anyone else here honestly believe that?

  2. Matt’s best defensive position is first base and with Max, Albert, and Cody ahead of him on the depth chart that leaves left and right field and third base. And his starts at those position are also as the #3 man on the depth chart. He is almost always going to be the odd man out. He probably should be ahead of McKinney in right; but he has had trouble judging fly balls here and there. With 3 former GG winners in the outfield and Taylor as an excellent fielder as well, Matt is going to be a bench player for us until the DH comes.

    • Are you crazy??? Defense, defense, defense!. Cody is one of the best OF D’s in the game. His offense : as his shoulder heals/strengthens, things obviously improve.

  3. It would sure be nice to hear bellinger talk about making adjustments to get a big hit to help the team.

  4. I have not seen the line up yet. I know that Roberts thinks this Pirate team is no match. He is right but he is not remembering every team that play the Dodgers plays their best baseball. The Dodgers get worse playing these teams and they get better. Lux in the line up sucks. Get with it. Stop with these days off. Explain why if you continue doing this

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