Dodgers could use a little right-handed help tonight
As you try to figure out who is going to play tonight one constant keeps on showing up, the Dodgers are short a right-handed hitting outfielder.
Chase Utley has been sitting against LHP, so if you move Howie to 2nd base as has been the case, you have three outfield spots that need to be filled.
Hard to imagine that Josh Reddick would get one of those spots given he has historically been awful against left-hand pitching, and so far he’s been awful in August just facing right-hand pitching. Facing the best left-hander in the NL, not on the DL doesn’t seem like it is in the cards.
Next up is Joc Pederson, and while Joc has been hitting, he still struggles mightily against left-hand pitching.
You know Mr. Hernandez is going to play somewhere, probably CF or RF. But that still leaves two spots open. Rob Segedin could grab one of those spots or he could go on paternity leave. But let’s be optimistic and write Rob into the lineup in LF.
That still leaves a spot in RF. Do they let Toles play against the LH, he doesn’t have enough of a history to know if he can or cannot hit left-hand pitching.
Trayce Thompson and SVS picked a bad time to be hurt. Puig picked a bad time to be made an example of.
Everyone is giddy coming off the greatest game of the year but now things get real. They face the team they must beat to win the NL Western Divison. Too many games exist between now and end of the year against the Giants to win the division without beating the foe chasing you.
Can they do it with a patchwork rotation and one hand held behind their back as they try to accomplish this with the best right fielder in the organization playing in AAA.