The Dodgers and Rockies are set to go head-to-head once again tonight. Following a disappointing loss in game 1, Los Angeles will look to pile of RHP Jon Gray early and get the offense moving in the right direction.
But the defensive alignment could also look a little different tonight. Dave Roberts spoke on Friday night about getting Mookie Betts back and what they would do to manage his health. The Dodgers obviously want to keep him healthy following the hip injury scare.
One plan might be playing him more often at second base, which Doc hinted at for today. There is a good chance we see Mookie starting at second base tonight.
I think to run out to right field every night, to cover the ground out there on a flyball, ball in the gap, down the line, whatever it might be, to kind of minimize that a little bit. If there are opportunities that we can get him at second base, I’m going to try to do that.
If Mookie does get the start there, that would likely mean a day off for Trea Turner or Corey Seager. The Dodgers have stressed the importance of giving guys days off down the stretch, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see either sit.
Keeping Mookie fresh and ready to go for October is going to be a tall task for the Dodgers. The hope is that the hip is healthy, but that’s a gamble every time he plays. Expect to see him get more days off and starts in the infield.