Dodgers Lineups: What Lies Ahead for Chris Taylor?

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The Dodgers offense, as a whole, has been pretty good so far this year. As a team, the Dodgers are third in the MLB in homers, second in RBI and runs, fourth in OPS and fifth in hits.

But that does not mean that everyone on the team is contributing equally. Cody Bellinger, of course, is having an outstanding year, leading all of MLB, in batting average, slugging, OPS, and hits, and tied for first in runs. He’s second in home runs and RBI. Joc Pederson is tied for third in MLB with 10 homers. Rookie Alex Verdugo has been hot, amassing a .346 batting average and a 1.005 OPS.

But there are some players still not quite producing as they should. Justin Turner has yet to hit a home run. A.J. Pollock has a .239 batting average, but yet somehow is hitting .300 with RISP. I guess it’s good to save those hits for when there’s men on base. Max Muncy leads the team in strikeouts.

But the most worrisome member of the Dodgers roster is Chris Taylor. The 2017 NLCS Co-MVP is struggling mightily at the plate. While incredibly versatile in the field, his .161/.254/.250/.504 slash line is abysmal. He has twice as many strikeouts as he does hits.

So one wonders, how long do you give Taylor to figure it out at the plate again? He most likely will not ever return to his 2017 season, when he hit .288 with 21 home runs and, as mentioned, earned an NLCS MVP award. Even last year’s stats of .254, 17 homers and 4.1 WAR would be acceptable.

When firing on all cylinders, this offense is stacked. They don’t necessarily need Taylor to be at his 2017 level. But they need at least something out of him. 22 runners have been stranded by his at bats, compared to his five RBI (one of those being himself from a home run).

Dave Roberts has always given his batters ample amount of time to figure things out, even if it may to the detriment of the team. Last night, Taylor was in the lineup against Jose Quintana, presumably because he was 5-for-9 lifetime against him. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but didn’t manage to get an RBI.

Lefty/righty matchups aside, Verdugo’s hot bat was left on the bench while Taylor tries to get things going. Verdugo’s arm is a whole lot stronger in left field, also. CT3 needs to figure out something fast or he will find much reduced playing time.

The Dodgers now look to avenge Tuesday night’s ridiculous loss against the Cubs. Walker Buehler takes the mound against lefty Cole Hamels.

First pitch is 5:05 PST.


5 thoughts on “Dodgers Lineups: What Lies Ahead for Chris Taylor?

  1. Taylor peaked at 26. That’s not unusual.

    Taylor, Barnes and the pitchers spot is 3 innings a game of nothing.

    I figure the pen will get itself worked out by July. I could be wrong about that. Holzhauer picked the Golden Knights. What does he know.

    Buehler looked pretty good for a while.

    The Cubs are good. Fangraphs has them at 88 wins, good enough to win the Central. Arizona and San Diego look notta too bad as well. Arizona has a +19 RDIFF, which surprises me. You know, in the coming years, it’s not going to be so easy to plow through the West. San Diego already has the players in their system and it’s a certainty SF is going to get them. Our time is now. It would help if we weren’t so concerned about staying under the cap.

  2. Way to go Joe! Finally! Verdugo needs to be our everyday rf. Belly back to first and Kiki and Muncy split 2nd and utility.

  3. There is just some major ugly going on with dodger bats. Kiki, Muncy, Pollock, Turner, Taylor, Barnes, Freese. Ouch! Id bring a lefty from double a to pitch to Dodgers now and just walk Belly!

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