Dodgers: The Platoon Players Must Get Hot in October

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: (Right)Austin Barnes
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: (Right)Austin Barnes /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 23: Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (right) /

October is finally here, which means it’s time for the Dodgers to switch from marathon to sprint-mode. As teams do this, it’s important that one or more under the radar hitters hit their strides.

Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team with the best record in baseball, it’s hard for an everyday starter to go under the radar. But the Dodgers have three positions that are currently manned by platoons. These positions may be where the diamond in the rough lies.

Cody Ross, David Freese, Marco Scutaro, Daniel Murphy and Alcides Escobar. What do these players all have in common? All were League Championship Series MVPs.

They weren’t bad players, but they also weren’t star names until they made their names known in October. Something switched on for them once the calendar turned and they played the best baseball of their lives.

For the Dodgers, five out of the eight positions (excluding pitcher) are set and stone. Three two-man platoons share the remaining three. To go deeper into the playoffs, it’s essential that production comes out of all nine positions; however, it may come.