Assuming Matt Kemp will come back by summer and be healthy, he is going to have to change his style of play. No longer can he be the guy who runs into walls, steals bases and runs with reckless abandon. If he wants to stay on the field, he is going to have to change his game.
His bat, not his legs, will have to be his best asset. To further emphasize that, the Dodgers should move Matt Kemp to left field where he won’t have to cover so much ground and there is less chance of injury. That sets the stage for a natural platoon with the equally brittle Carl Crawford. Matt is going to need some rest, whether he comes back in April or June and this is the best way.
Matt Kemp was never a Gold Glove Centerfielder – he was in the lineup for his bat and that’s what he needs to focus on. If I were Don Mattingly, I would announce that Matt is moving to LF for his good and the good of the team. He won’t like it, but he will get used to it. Give him plenty of time.
I would be fine with a Matt Kemp who had 450 AB’s and hit 30 HR with Zero stolen bases.
That leaves Centerfield to Andre Ethier or Yasiel Pig… ‘er I mean Puig (I was confused by his stature). Of course, Joc Pederson could make the team with Kemp on the DL, but it’s not likely he will start. The solution is to alternate Ethier and Puig in CF during the Spring. Yes, I know Puig is raw and needs help with his communication and decision making, but speed covers a multitude of sins.
Let’s play ball!
Here’s today’s lineup:
- Chone Figgins SS
- Carl Crawford LF
- Yasiel Pig RF
- Care Bear Uribe 3B
- Joc Pederson CF
- Andy Van Slyke’s Son 1B
- Tim Fed-Ex C
- Alexander “Don’t call me Pedro” Guerrero – 2B
- Justin Turner DH
Clayton will start and throw a couple and I’m sure we will see Dee Gordon at 2B too!