Maximize Cody Bellinger and Adrian Gonzalez
The last move the Dodgers should make could be under scrutiny in the future if it fails, and that is to use The Kid. Cody Bellinger has been in the majors less than a month, but he’s proved he can hit major league pitching well. He will eventually struggle, as pitchers will fill the book on him, but being too cautious can be detrimental as well.
The original plan was to have him share some of the load with Adrian Gonzalez at first but also play some outfield. However, that plan went out the door when Andrew Toles was done for the season. Now the Dodgers need a starting left-fielder, and it doesn’t look like Andre Ethier is returning anytime soon. Rather than stick him in a platoon, the Dodgers shouldn’t hold back on Bellinger. Make him the starting left-fielder.
The rookie is also a gifted defensive first baseman, but the Dodgers already have a tremendous first baseman in Adrian Gonzalez.
The “butter and egg” man has been anything but, so far this season though, although nagging injuries could’ve been the culprit. Once he returns, the Dodgers need to play him almost every game. Gonzalez has insisted and proven that he does better when he gets consistent playing time. The injury and spotty playing time may have been the reason for his early season struggles.
Those are the five moves the Dodgers need to make to improve their newly found stride. The Colorado Rockies are a game-and-a-half up, and it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down, especially when playing the Dodgers. Therefore, the Dodgers need to execute these five steps to leapfrog over them and lock down control of the West.