Dodgers: Five ways to instantly improve the team
By Sully Engels
Trust the Youth
Anyone that has watched the Dodgers over the last ten days has certainly seen a glimpse into what the future of the team will look like. Cody Bellinger has put on a hitting display and shown remarkable athleticism on the field while Julio Urias has had two solid starts against the Giants, one on the road in San Francisco.
Chris Taylor has squared up seemingly every pitch he has made contact with and continues to come up with big hits when called upon. Andrew Toles has worked his way into the lineup almost every day now and has hit .277 with five home runs when he starts.
All of these players are under 25 and seem to be joining players like Corey Seager and Joc Pederson as the future core of this team. So why not let them start playing every day now?
The Dodgers have to continue to find ways to get these players into the lineup more often than not, it immediately energizes the whole team, and they just play a better brand of baseball with those positions players on the field. Urias is another story, but I’ll talk more about that later.
The question is, for now, how do the Dodgers free up that space in the lineup? Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley are a couple of the most decorated big leaguers playing the game right now. They both have contributed significantly to the Dodgers playoff runs the last few seasons, but 2017 has been a different story.
For now, it like time to move away from giving them the share of the at-bats and hand them over to the youth. Which brings me to the next idea…