1. Martinez can slot into the Dodgers’ lineup seamlessly
Martinez might be limited in the fact that he can only DH, but he can still easily slot into the Dodgers’ lineup both against left-handed pitching and right-handed pitching. It will naturally result in someone sitting, but with how some players have performed, many deserve to sit some matchups.
The Dodgers would have several options against left-handed pitching. The team could either start Chris Taylor at second base and the red-hot Trayce Thompson in left field, or, keep Gavin Lux in the lineup at second with Taylor or Thompson in left. Bellinger will stay in the lineup most nights simply because of his elite defense.
Against righties, the Dodgers could get Muncy into the lineup to play third base, which will give either JT or Taylor the night off. And of course, this would be a rotating thing that we have seen the Dodgers utilize in the past. Some nights Muncy will play third, Lux will play second, and Taylor will be in left. Other nights Turner will play third, Muncy will play second, and Lux can play in left (don’t really want that, though).
Heck, some nights Thompson will start and give two of those guys the night off. The important thing is to ride the hot bat, and whoever that is in October should be who plays, regardless of what the name on the back of their jersey is.
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Either way, Martinez will slot into the cleanup spot with the top of the order being Betts, Turner, Freeman, Martinez and Smith. The 6-9 could then be boiled down between Taylor, Lux, Muncy, Turner, Bellinger and Thompson, all depending on what the matchup is.
Seems like a pretty good problem to have, right?