Dodgers: Predicting the Outfield Come Playoff Time

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 18: Joc Pederson #31, Cody Bellinger #35 and Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers react to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins as they leave the outfield at Dodger Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 18: Joc Pederson #31, Cody Bellinger #35 and Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers react to a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins as they leave the outfield at Dodger Stadium on May 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Curtis Granderson
PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 21: Curtis Granderson /

The Probables

Kike Hernandez

Hernandez can be found anywhere on the field besides pitcher and catcher. He remains frustrating at the plate but has already reached double digits in homers. His versatility is far too valuable, as is his ability to mash lefties, so he’s a lock.

Joc Pederson

From All-Star and Home Run Derby contestant to Minor Leaguer, these past couple years have been a whirlwind for Joc. After being sent down, one can’t help but see similarities between Puig last year and Joc this year. 

Joc is still young, and possess enormous talent. However, many defensive metrics hate him, he still can’t hit lefties and remains far too inconsistent be a reliable run producer.

He still hits bombs when given the opportunity, however. He’ll get another chance in September and will probably be on the postseason roster, but his chances are beginning to run out here.

Curtis Granderson

Some excellent insurance here in case Joc can’t snap out of his funk. Grandy’s Granderslam still proves he can mash. Even at his advanced age, Curtis can still play anywhere in the outfield at least decently. Unless he totally flounders in September, his .800 OPS over 51 postseason games should punch his ticket to the postseason roster in some fashion.

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