Dodgers: Four reasons why the universal DH could be beneficial
2) Improved Defense
Dave Roberts has a unique blend of talent up-and-down his roster with several players who offer Swiss Army Knife versatility. Max Muncy can play first base, but he can also slide over to second or third. Kiké Hernandez can play pretty much all over the diamond and outfield. The same can be said about Chris Taylor. Even Matt Beaty is more than just a corner option.
As Roberts looks to fill out the most poignant lineup in terms of offense each night, the DH position would allow him to keep players in the lineup without forcing them, or others, to play at relative weaker positions in the field.
If AJ Pollock is on a hot streak, and Roberts wants to use Pederson against a righty and keep Betts and Bellinger in the lineup, he can DH Pollock. He doesn’t need to move Bellinger to first base. He can keep the Gold Glove winner in the outfield.
And if he wants a better first baseman than Max Muncy, he can move Muncy’s powerful bat to the DH role, and try Matt Beaty at first.
There are a variety of options for Roberts to optimize his defense with the designated hitter as a safe spot to keep some of his best hitters in the lineup.