New Low For Dodgers, Moving Mookie to Shortstop, Lineup Shakeup and More

The Dodgers dropped an ugly one to the Cubs on Friday, narrowly avoiding being no hit by journeyman starter Drew Smyly. With the loss, it opened the door to a bevy of questions about the team’s struggles through the first 21 games of the season.

On the latest episode of the Blue Heaven Podcast, the guys dive in to the latest topics in Dodgers Nation, including the idea of moving Mookie Betts to shortstop, at least for the time being. The reasoning: he’s better than Luke Williams as a player. As are guys like Jason Heyward, David Peralta, and Trayce Thompson who all would stand to get more playing time in the outfield if Mookie is in the infield.

It’s not a permanent solution, but it’s an option for now as the team flounders around .500 for the first month of the season.


Another change that fans seem to want to see is James Outman moving up in the lineup. On the show, we discuss moving Outman into the leadoff spot and Betts down to the three hole, at least while Will Smith is sidelined with a concussion.

Other topics include Cody Bellinger’s resurgence as a Cubbie, and other ways the Dodgers could improve the active roster… like maybe calling up slugging prospect Michael Busch.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. Under Clint's leadership as the Lead Editor, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. Find him online on Twitter/X or his YouTube channel!


  1. Wtf are we even doing this year. Fire Roberts, bring in a fresh start to the team and culture. Roberts has 0 fire and these new rule changes have exposed him as a subpar coach, at best!

  2. Oatman should be batting cleanup,keep Mookie in leadoff, pretty obvious but Dave Robert’s doesn’t do obvious,…time to clean house ! New manager,New hitting coach,new pitching coach

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