Dodgers: Analyzing the Viable Options to start in Left Field
By Hector Ponce
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One thing you may have noticed about the top three choices to start in left field was that they’re all left-handed. Hernandez may be the starter against a left-handed pitching because the other guys are just atrocious against lefties. And fortunately for Kike, he eats them for breakfast. The extra base hit machine could be used everywhere which is why he may be more valuable coming off the bench, but with the biggest hole in the lineup coming in left field, Roberts may be better suited platooning the position as a whole. Kike is very important wherever he is used and is a decent option to start in LF.
The September call-up has shown some promise. But it does not look like he has gotten or will get enough AB’s for Roberts to feel comfortable starting him in the playoffs. He shows real poise in the batter’s box and is also a stout defender with a great personality to have in the clubhouse. Verdugo may not be the solution this season, but he will be a difference maker in the near future.
Dickson saw great success in the minors this season. He got a well-deserved call-up this September. Dickson is a powerful man. He has a dangerous bat and the power to go deep in any park at any time. He just like Verdugo may not get enough AB’s to pass any of the guys mentioned. In the bigs he still does not have a hit. But that’s in a very small sample size and he is a lot better than he has shown.
No. Just no.
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No matter who the choice is that player needs to produce in October. Toles is just now being missed after the Dodgers surviving without him all season long. Whoever replaces him will have to step up in order for the Dodgers to break their World Series drought.