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Dodgers: Matt Beaty Speaks on Clutch Hitting After Go-Ahead Home Run

Beaty has been unconscious when it comes to “clutch” moments.



Dodgers utility man Matt Beaty is in his fourth tour of duty with the team here in 2019, so he’s racking up the frequent flier miles for sure. However, he’s done nothing but prove that he belongs in the big leagues every step of the way.

After having some late-inning heroics erased by the bullpen in Philly earlier this week, on Saturday night, the struggling bullpen allowed him the opportunity to do what he does best. Be clutch.

After the Marlins tied the game at 6 a-piece in the top of the 8th inning, in the bottom of the inning, Beaty stepped to the plate with 2 runners on and 1 out. Then this happened.

Matt speaks on the big moments.

For me it’s just not thinking too much about it, just go up there and have another at bat and not try to expand — just get a pitch over the middle and hit the ball hard.

I wasn’t looking for a particular pitch, I was just looking for something that I can drive. I just love the opportunities and just trying to make the most of them.

On Beaty’s clutch shot, the broadcast team of Joe Davis and Nomar Garciaparra add in their 2 cents.

He seems to just look forward to these type of moments — doesn’t get too high, doesn’t too low, and then he comes through in the clutch.

Clutch

“Clutchness” is not a real word, but it should be when it comes to Matt Beaty because he would be the poster child for it.

.452 with runners in scoring position in his young big league career is nothing short of phenomenal. While he may not be a household name around the league yet, he’s certainly setting himself up to playing everyday in the bigs — whether with the Dodgers, or as part of a larger trade for bullpen help.

As much as it would hurt to lose someone with the “clutch gene”, and someone that’s an all around good person, he deserves to be playing every day in the MLB.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. Just last week, a quote from our fearless leader “Dave”, talking about our bullpen woes and if we need to bolster our bullpen………”I like the guys we have” he said. Now sure, I guess he gets paid to say stuff like that. But I’d prefer he just be downright honest and brutal about it. Kinda like Lasorda got after Jesse Orosco back in ’88. Then last nite, the Dodgers bullpen coughed up the entirety of a 6-0 lead in two innings…..6-0 LEAD!!!!!!……UGH! Time for a reality check there “Dave”!

    Thank the big Dodger in the sky for Max Beaty!………and to whomever wrote that article yesterday on this website about trading Beaty for some pitching help I ask……..Were you watching the game last nite? 2 Maxs are better than one………..BEATY IS A KEEPER!!!!!!!!!

  2. This guy should be playing first base, move Muncy to second, and Verdugo to left – period. Platoon Hernandez and Taylor giving everyone their rest and be done with this moving everyone around. It appears to be the Dodger defense has suffered since moving Joc to first base. Petersen is an outfielder (only against right-handers), not saying this is all his fault, just an odd situation.

    The elephant in the room is Dave Roberts attitude about playing around during the season. So far it has cost us some games in the standing and if we keep this up, we will lose any home-field advantage we have tried to gain. The second half is not designed to hold tryouts!

    • Ron, I concur about Roberts being the elephant in the room because moving players around and around on a daily basis not only has an affect on the defense but for some players it hurts them offensively as well.

      • The Dodgers lead the NL in runs, homers, Slugging, OBP and OPS, and are second to the Coors Field Rockies in batting. Tell us again how player versatility harms the offense.

        Think before you post.

  3. I concur. Kershaw pitched a good game and we were ahead by 6 runs before our bull pen took over and did its thing. The bull pen, albeit with help from 2 errors, allowed 6 runs and needed 4 pitchers to put an end to it. But for Beaty’s 8th inning 3-run home run, we likely could have lost last night’s game. We are playing the MARLINS….the MARLINS….so, the top of the 8th inning is even more inexcusable. We desperately need external bull pen help, but not at the expense of giving up Beaty.

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