Dodgers: Comparing the Rosters of the Astros and Dodgers

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Carlos Correa
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ATLANTA, GA – JULY 05: Outfielders (from left to right) Norichika Aoki
ATLANTA, GA – JULY 05: Outfielders (from left to right) Norichika Aoki /

Outfield:

The Astros have a plethora of options in the outfield. George Springer, Josh Reddick, Nori Aoki, Marwin Gonzalez, Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran. Springer is the man who is a staple in the lineup and part of the three-headed monster that Houston has at the top of the lineup in Springer, Altuve, and Correa.

Springer has had a breakout year hitting above .300 with 27 home runs. He is the table-setter for this lineup and is having a phenomenal year. Dodger fans are familiar with Reddick as he was with the team last year for a brief stint. He is hitting above .300 and playing great defense for the Astros in right field. Marwin Gonzalez has played great this year and has been hitting the cover off the ball, so when you pair that with his ability to play anywhere on the field, it’s not difficult to see his value. Carlos Beltran has not seen much time on the field but still gets AB’s as a DH but has not been very good this season.

The Dodgers current outfield consists of Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, and Yasiel Puig. All three provide different assets to the team, but all three are very important to the Dodgers. But along with that trio, Kike Hernandez is another outfielder who gets a good amount of playing time at all three outfield spots.

Taylor has been a pleasant surprise, putting up career numbers and adjusting nicely to his newfound outfield position. Joc struggled early on but has also shown flashes of greatness over the last month-plus. Significant inconsistencies on offense are often masked by his power and defense which make him a mainstay in the lineup. Yasiel Puig has had a great year, hitting a lot of home runs from the eighth spot in the lineup and adding much-needed depth to the lineup, along with the best right-field defense around.

Verdict:

A breakout year from George Springer is a sight to see. Springer and company will take the outfield position simply because of how great he has been. The streakiness of the Dodgers makes them super inconsistent on offense from the outfield position. Meanwhile, the Astros have Springer, Gonzalez, and Reddick having great offensive seasons.

Houston, Dodgers lead 4-3

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