With Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger set to roam two-thirds of the outfield, left field is open for a platoon split between Joc Pederson and AJ Pollock. Pederson’s power numbers against righties are too strong to allow Pollock to steal many at-bats from him outside of match-ups against lefties.
With a universal DH, manager Dave Roberts will be able to get Pollock more plate appearances in games in which Pederson’s bat is needed in the lineup.
The Dodgers can also maximize their defensive alignment by inserting the better defensive option, Pederson, without sacrificing Pollock’s playing time.
Pollock is in the second year of a four-year, $55 million contract that includes a 2023 player option. After a trade to send Pederson to Anaheim fell through during the offseason, the universal DH opens an opportunity for the Dodgers to make the best use of Pollock among a crowded outfield.