After surviving the Joc Pederson era at first base, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finally said enough is enough. Earlier this week, Roberts announced that the Pederson at first base “experiment” was over, and that Cody Bellinger would resume seeing most of his time back at the position.
Not to drag Pederson through the mud — he tried admirably, but he is a fine left fielder attempting to learn an extremely nuanced position mid-season. Points for the effort, but it ultimately was a key-cog in the defensive meltdown through parts of June and most of July.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 3, 2019
Today, Cody Bellinger has his name inked into his usual 4 spot in the batting order, but once again, the 3 spot on your score card. “Bopper,” as his teammates call him, has played sporadically at the position since injuring his shoulder on a dive in May. Dave Roberts had hoped to keep him away from the position until the playoffs — and the team had its eyes set on trying to win him a Gold Glove Award in right field — but the time to start playing your best brand of baseball proved to be paramount.
Moreover, back onto Pederson, today he’s once again tasked with playing right field at Dodger Stadium for a 6:10pm PST start, which is no easy task in August. The notorious sun-field will be an issue for the outfielder that is making his second career start at the position tonight.
Best of luck, Joc. Stay healthy, Cody. And let’s go Dodgers.