The Dodgers are going to mix up their leadoff hitters depending on who the pitcher is on any given day. Manager Dave Roberts already made it clear that it would mostly be Max Muncy and Mookie Betts. Those two would rotate depending on the handedness of the starting pitcher.
But as of late, Max Muncy has not looked like himself. After going hitless in Monday’s game against the Padres, Muncy is now hitting just .200 on the year. He also has just 2 hits in his last 16 at-bats. With Joc Pederson going deep on his first at-bat on Monday, the question had to be asked whether or not he deserved more time in the leadoff spot. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed that it could be a real possibility.
Doc said that Pederson bating leadoff against right-handers could happen more now with Muncy struggling.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 4, 2020
Joc spent the majority of 2019 batting in the leadoff spot. He hit 33 of his 36 homeruns from that spot and hit .250 in the process. When the Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts, the plan was originally to bat him in the leadoff spot long-term. That appears to have changed though.
So with that in mind, it would make sense to have Joc change spots in the lineup with Muncy. Joc also happens to have half of the plate appearances in 2020 that Muncy has. Putting Joc back up near the top and giving him more opportunities for regular play might be exactly when he needs to get things going. It also gives Muncy some extra time to figure things out.
Mookie Betts will be day-to-day with swelling in his ring finger as well. The Dodgers play two more in San Diego before heading back home.