The Dodgers’ offense has been one of the best in baseball from a broad perspective. They have the best run differential in the league, they’re fourth in runs per game, fourth in home runs per game, second in walks per game, etc. However, if you look closer, you would see that it has also struggled at times despite the talent available.
Too many times this year the team has gone on hot streaks, only to then go cold for games afterward. So far during their series in St. Louis, the Dodgers haven’t seen much of that problem. Still, they lost on Wednesday night and dropped to two games back of the San Francisco Giants.
In what may be a way to help create a needed spark, Dave Roberts switched Mookie Betts and Trea Turner in the lineup.
“I just wanted to change it up a bit and give the lineup a different look. I think that they’re both interchangeable. Mookie see’s more pitches. They both have the same ability to get on base. I just wanted to change it up a little bit and see how it looks.”
Mookie will bat leadoff during today’s game while the speedy second baseman will drop down to third. Mookie had been the team’s primary leadoff hitter since his arrival from Boston, but with his absence much of this season, Trea Turner seized the job after being traded to Los Angeles.
Was the move caused by lack of offensive production?
“I wouldn’t say needed. With where we’re at and how we’ve performed, kind of giving a different look. Again it’s the collective offensive unit that needs to get better. Whether I flip two guys, it’s just up and down the lineup we have to continue to take good at-bats and put some pints on the board.”
Mookie does tend to see a lot of pitches which could help wear down the opposing pitcher, and with Trea’s ability to consistently get on base, it still allows LA to jump out in front early if Mookie or Muncy were to get on. Hopefully, the moves pan out and the Dodgers can make up lost ground.