The Dodgers have some pretty big decisions coming up this week. Not only do they need to sort of figure out things in their location, but they also seem to have a glut of talent this coming weekend against the Angels.
The hope is that recently acquired Trea Turner is set to join the team this week. And while it’s not known when he will be activated and play, they will need to make a roster move for him eventually. That particular part might be the easier of their decisions.
But Turner also presents the team with questions marks around the diamond. Corey Seager is fairly entrenched at shortstop and it doesn’t sound like the Dodgers want to change that But Dave Roberts noted to media this week that there was going to be a lot of movement. (via OC Register)
I think it’s going to be a whole group of players making sacrifices. That’s how I’ll start. There are going to be days where I’m just going to use off days and workload as a way to get other guys in there. I think pretty much most players are going to be affected.
Given the way everyone is hitting on the year, it’s difficult to imagine that the Dodgers would continue to give Cody Bellinger daily starts. He’s slashing .168/.267/.291 and hasn’t been any better recently. Guys like AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor just cannot miss time with how they’ve both played.
That would mean Bellinger is the odd-man out with an outfield likely consisting of Chris Taylor, AJ Pollock, and Mookie Betts. They haven’t given up on him and he will still get starts. But it would be very difficult to justify starting him regularly over better bats. Regardless of the defense.