Dave Roberts is doing everything he can early on to keep his guys well-rested and healthy. That means some of the Dodgers best players have already sat out a game just a few days into the new season.
Yesterday, Mookie Betts and Justin Turner were held out of the Dodgers lineup. Doc clarified that it was a built-in day of rest and that there was not a physical issue with either of them.
Robert also confirmed that Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager would be held out of the lineup Sunday for the same reason. Seager is the hottest bat on the Dodgers at the moment, but the rest day is something Roberts thinks players will need early.
We got 7 in a row so I felt like this was a good day to get them an off day and get them back in there tomorrow.
Holding Corey out of the lineup probably won’t sit well with Dodgers fans. He 8 hits in 12 at-bats and has drawn 4 walks. That means he is reaching base at a .750 clip through the first 3 games of the season.
Doc is going to do whatever it takes to ensure that his players are ready for the grind of a 162-game season. Following a year in which they only played 60 games, it’s only fitting. And if that means holding out some of the Dodgers best players in the name of health, then I guess we can all get behind it if it.