Are the Dodgers starting the best catcher?
Yesterday I wondered if Austin Barnes might be the best second base option for the Dodgers between Logan Forsythe, Chase Utley, and Enrique Hernandez.
Today, Austin Barnes is starting as the catcher for the fourth time in Sept and against an RHP. With Yazmani Grandal continuing to struggle offensively is Dave Roberts starting to think of Austin Barnes as more of a starting catcher than a backup catcher?
Here is the breakdown for the two catchers:
Name Age G PA BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Yasmani Grandal# 28 113 431 .249 .302 .456 .758 97 Austin Barnes 27 85 217 .297 .410 .478 .888 135
Player Split Year OPS GS PA BA OBP SLG Austin Barnes 2nd Half 2017 .823 17 91 .316 .429 .395 Yasmani Grandal 2nd Half 2017 .703 36 151 .216 .272 .432
Player Split Year PA GS BA OBP SLG OPS Yasmani Grandal Sept/Oct 2017 27 7 .042 .111 .167 .278 Austin Barnes Sept/Oct 2017 17 3 .286 .412 .286 .697
Barnes is starting about 1/2 the games that Grandal starts but with the start today against a RHP, that might change going forward. Grandal is known for large cold streaks and that is what he is in right now. He has one hit in Sept, a home run. Barnes is not doing a lot in Sept but he is making contact something that Grandal is not doing. Grandal has 12 strikeouts in 27 plate appearances in Sept.
Barnes has outhit Grandal all year and seems to have the defensive chops to handle the starting gig. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. With a big day today, Barnes could go a long way toward laying the claim for more starts.
I will say, for a team that at one time was being the called best team in LAD history they sure have a lot of question marks as they try to end an eight game losing streak.
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