When Mookie Betts went down earlier this season with cracked ribs, the Dodgers were looking for help with a right-handed bat in the outfield. Several names were thrown around, and eventually, the team settled on Trayce Thompson from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations.
A familiar name among Dodger fans, the 31-year-old Thompson returned to his second stint in L.A. after bouncing around the league for a couple of seasons. At first, it seemed he’d be a fill-in until Betts returned.
But what Thompson has done since his arrival may warrant him a roster spot as the team gets deeper into the season. In only 84 at-bats this season, Thompson has hit for a .262 batting average with three homers and 16 RBI. He’s been able to provide a spark in the lineup and has made a couple of highlight plays.
Thompson, since joining the Dodgers, however, has a batting average of .300, a slugging percentage of .543, and an OPS of .923. All three of his homers have come with the Dodgers. He’s played above his expectations; fans can’t help to be happy for him
Now there are endless talks about the Dodgers possibly trading for Juan Soto; whether that occurs or not is still up in the air. But Thompson has made a case for himself to warrant himself a spot on an MLB roster.
Thompson’s role with the Dodgers will be interesting to look at as the Dodgers will need to open up roster spots when several players come back from injury. He can strictly start on days when a team begins with a left-handed pitcher or can be used as a late-game pinch hitter, depending on matchups and availability.
The most games Thompson has appeared in one season is 80, back with the Dodgers in 2016. Something about being a Dodger is where Thompson has seen his best moments. It will be intriguing to see his role as the season continues.
The Dodgers finally dropped a game after an eight-game winning streak, as the Washington Nationals managed to win the opening game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. Tony Gonsolin recorded his first loss of the season.
Right-hander Mitch White will look to get the Dodgers back in the win column on Tuesday. So far this season, he’s 1-2 with a 3.78 ERA. He will face Josiah Gray, who made his debut with the Dodgers last season before he was traded to Washington in the Max Scherzer and Trea Turner deal.
Gray is 7-6 with a 4.40 ERA in 2022.
The first pitch for Tuesday night is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.