Entering the 2023 season, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed the NL West lead and ran away with it. At first, the Arizona Diamondbacks (of all teams) had the top spot, but eventually the Dodgers snagged it and it's now theirs.
This club has been firing on all cylinders, even as they endure their toughest stretch of baseball and continue to weather the storm with injuries.
Things have not been 100% perfect for the Dodgers this season, though. When looking at the roster, there are a few players who are certainly underperforming and, frankly, may not be long for the team.
The Dodgers can't continue to depend on these 6 underperforming players
It may be hard for some Dodgers fans to hear, but Chris Taylor is no longer the player he was back in 2021 when he made the NL All-Star team. The 32-year-old is under contract through 2025 and is unfortunately here to stay, even if his numbers continue to dip like they have.
To kick off the 2023 season, the super utilityman has experienced a crazy power surge (nine home runs in 43 games after hitting 10 in 118 last year), but that seems to be the only noteworthy thing he's doing. In 134 at-bats, Taylor has already struck out 49 times and has a batting average of just .213.
He's rebounded after the series against the Rays, but overall, Taylor's play is continuing a downward trend. At this point, he's becoming an expensive automatic out at the dish without any real end to his tenure in sight. And it's tough to say that his hot streaks make up for it given how few and far between they are.