Dodgers: With ‘Beaty-ed’ Breath, Awaiting the Coming Roster Crunch
CT3 and Kiké, who plays where?
Despite all their injuries and struggles, Hernandez and Taylor both have played in 90+ games this season (98 and 90 respectively). Also, despite their veteran aura, the pair are just one and two years older than Matt Beaty, respectively clocking in at 27 and 28 years old.
They have tons of playoff experience, both at the plate and in the field, and both have a notable amount of playoff success. In most circumstances, one would come to the conclusion that both deserve to be played frequently down the stretch so that they are geared up for October baseball.
But then again, neither are hitting .328 in the second half and neither are striking out less than 15% of the time on the season (Beaty is doing both). In fact, on the season, Hernandez and Taylor are striking out well over 20% of the time with WRC+ values hovering around league average.
Herandez, to his credit, has bopped 16 home runs, but his slugging percentage is just a few points higher than that of Kris Negrón, who has just 2 home runs as a Dodger (and both came in Coors, but I still am with him). He will be on the middle infield and center field parts of the depth chart, probably above Negrón.
Chris Taylor should slot in similarly, though also with left-field potential.