The Dodgers will be switching up their defense as they try to find the best possible team to field in the playoffs.
Due to A.J. Pollock’s struggles in centerfield this season, the Dodgers decided to make a change. Now, Cody Bellinger is going to play mostly centerfield down the stretch, according to manager Dave Roberts.
A.J. Pollock is also starting in LF for #Dodgers tonight. MGR Dave Roberts said Cody Bellinger will be playing more CF down the stretch because he has better range.
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) September 2, 2019
The move will be a major upgrade to the defense as Bellinger is one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball.
It also opens up a spot for Gavin Lux to make the postseason roster as a second baseman since Max Muncy will slide back over to first base.
— Blake (@ByBlakeWilliams) September 2, 2019
If Lux doesn’t make the playoff roster, we could see more lineups with Muncy at second and David Freese at first.
Either way, getting Pollock out of centerfield was a much needed move for the defense. He currently ranks 132 of 162 outfielders (minimum 50 chances) with -4 outs above average (OOA). Bellinger is ranked 15th with 7 OAA.