3 massive Dodgers problems the front office needs to address right away
By Drew Koch
The Dodgers infield defense is not good
Losing Gavin Lux before the season began was sure to be a major blow to the Dodgers' defense up the middle. Miguel Rojas was expected to be nothing more than rotational player, but was instead thrust into a starting role at shortstop.
Now with Rojas on the IL, Dodgers fans have witnessed Mookie Betts playing on the infield dirt. This is far from ideal for LA, and Andrew Friedman is going to have to get on the horn on bring in a new shortstop sooner rather than later.
According to Fielding Bible, the Dodgers rank 22nd in defensive runs saved (DRS) as a team with -4. They're tied with the likes of the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox. That's not good company since both teams are at the bottom of their respective divisions.
Perhaps surprisingly, shortstop appears to be the least of the Dodgers' concerns. LA's shortstops actually have 2 DRS while second and third base have combined for -4 DRS. What's the team's worst fielding position you might ask; pitcher with -6 DRS.
According to Baseball Savant, the Dodgers outfield is doing their job with Betts, David Peralta, James Outman, and Trayce Thompson combining for 4 outs above average (OAA). The infield, however, has accounted for -5 OAA.