To some fans, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a problem at third base. No, it’s not because of injury, or a player or players on the roster being unable to adequately play the position, but because the wrong person is starting.
At 36 years old, Juan Uribe’s start to the season has resembled nothing of his play to close out 2014, at least offensively. However to his credit, Uribe extended his modest hitting streak Friday to seven games with an RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead; it’s Uribe’s first RBI this year.
Also keep in mind the value Uribe still brings defensively, which is something the Dodgers’ revamped front office places an emphasis on.
As Uribe looks to hit his stride at the plate, sitting on the bench is $28-million investment Alex Guerrero. The Cuban native, once believed to be the answer at second base, has evolved into a utility man with a hot bat.
Guerrero is currently batting .474/.450/.1.211 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in 20 plate appearances over nine games. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has said replacing Uribe with Guerrero, who he’s labeled as the hot hand, would be premature.
On that same note, Mattingly allowed for change to possibly come down the line should results dictate as much. Is Mattingly making the correct decision? See what our Dodgers Nation staff had to say…
CONTINUE READING: Dodgers Nation Staff Weighs In On Guerrero Vs. Uribe