It’s no secret that the Dodgers have 4 outfielders for three spots, but something has to give.
Here’s what I mean:
- Andre Ethier can’t hit lefties – it’s not going to change – he should NEVER, NEVER, EVER face a lefthander. PERIOD! But, he has to play against every righty and he has to play LF – He’s more reliable than Crawford. When a lefty is on the mound, Scott Van Slyke has to play LF – he is proving valuable as hitter with some power.
- The Dodgers have a beast of a contract tied up in a Bison and he needs to play himself back into the player he once was… and I can see no reason why he shouldn’t be able to that. A few short years ago, he was one of the TOP 5 players in baseball. He’s not yet 30 and seems healthy – he just needs reps to get his timing back. He should sit no more than once every 8 or 9 games, and if you are going to sit him, do it when there is a tough Righty on the mound. His obvious replacement is Carl Crawford who would play LF when Kemp is out of the lineup, with Ethier moving to Center.
- In Right Field, you have Yasiel Puig who has to play as much as possible. End of story! You can’t cage wild horses.
The Dodgers have a logjam in the outfield, but the four starters are Ethier, Van Slyke, Kemp and Puig. Carl Crawford should not be part of that rotation.
Now, what to do?
Carl should play once or twice a week and he’s an $18 million dollar pinch hitter and runner…