Dodgers: Analyzing the Viable Options to start in Left Field
By Hector Ponce
Up until last night, the Dodgers have been no bueno as of late. Everyone is aware of this by now so why do we continue to discuss it? It’s depressing. So instead of telling you how bad they’ve played let’s talk about the players who are battling for a starting spot in Left Field.
The Dodgers have depth everywhere on the diamond, yet somehow always manage to over analytical decisions, which keeps players from getting into a rhythm. Now, this late in the season Dave Roberts needs to decide on who will be the starting left fielder heading into the playoffs. For the second consecutive season, the Dodgers head into the postseason not knowing who will be the starting left fielder come October. Well so far, Roberts has no answer halfway into September.
When Andrew Toles went down with an injury early on in the season, Los Angeles did not even bat an eye. The Dodger faithful figured he was not a big part of this team considering how well they performed without him. Specifically, the production of two of our best players, Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor were the ones who played out in Left and made us all but forget about Toles.
With Taylor taking over CF and Bellinger taking over at 1B, the problem of left field has been brought up once again. The Dodgers are no strangers to having to the LF spot late in the season. Last season it was Toles who took over the job towards the back-end of the season. So with the three players who filled that spot earlier in the season no longer an option at the position who will step up and take over?