Reddick and Granderson
Last year the Dodger front office bet on Josh Reddick as their right fielder and banished their regular right fielder Yasiel Puig to AAA. It was not a good bet. For the first thirty days of his Dodger career, he put up one of the worst months of any LAD outfielder in history.
Player Split Year OPS PA SO BA OBP SLG Josh Reddick August 2016 .396 94 15 .161 .223 .172 Ron Fairly July 1966 .395 80 12 .129 .238 .157 John Shelby June 1989 .385 93 25 .146 .183 .202 Don Demeter July 1959 .384 61 16 .153 .164 .220 Tommy Davis August 1961 .373 79 7 .155 .218 .155 Tony Gwynn July 2012 .364 54 11 .140 .204 .160 Eric Young August 1992 .359 75 4 .162 .197 .162 Bill Buckner June 1975 .333 58 6 .120 .193 .140 Howie Kendrick April/March 2016 .333 55 14 .151 .182 .151
This year the Dodger front office bet on Curtis Granderson and banished their regular center fielder Joc Pederson to AAA. So far that has not been a good bet, as Curtis Granderson is having as bad a time as Josh Reddick had.
Player Split Year OPS PA BA OBP SLG Josh Reddick August 2016 .396 94 .161 .223 .172 Curtis Granderson Aug19th-Sept11th 2017 .534 86 .111 .256 .278
Josh Reddick recovered and had a fine empty Sept. The Dodgers have eighteen games left to find out if Curtis Granderson is the right man for left field. For a team on their way to winning (maybe) 100 games so many questions abound but today let us just focus on left field.
If we go with the idea that Chris Taylor is the center fielder, the left fielder could be one of many.
It could be Cody Bellinger against RHP, with Adrian Gonzalez at 1st. Is Adrian a better bet than Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson, or Curtis Granderson against RHP? They are all left-hand hitters. Only Andre of the four has shown any spunk in his bat.
Against LHP I’d expect Bellinger to be playing 1st base which leaves Andre, Joc, Granderson or Hernandez for LF. Those are all horrible options against a left-hand pitcher. Forget about Joc here. We should also forget about Andre here as his historical history against LHP is terrible. That would leave Granderson and Kiké Hernandez as the likely starter against an LHP, and Mr. Hernandez has been less than stellar himself for quite a while now. Franklyn Guiterrez was supposed to be this guy back in April but he is done for the year. The Dodgers have 38 players on their Sept roster and I can’t find one good option against LHP in left field for the postseason.
I don’t know, it kind of seems the one thing this team didn’t need is another left handed hitting outfielder. I guess 20 analysts weren’t able to figure that out.
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