Sunday afternoon was a great time for Dodgers fans. Their guys came out swinging the bats and put an end to a losing skid against the Brewers. It was also their chance to see Matt Beaty shine, a guy that we all know can hit at any level.
Beaty didn’t just hit, he had a career day. With 7 runs driven in and 4 hits, Beaty was a big part of the reason the Dodgers hung up 16 runs on Milwaukee. So when Beaty’s name didn’t appear in the original Monday lineup against the Cubs, fans had questions.
That game was obviously delayed, but Beaty once again was not in the lineup Tuesday morning. The latest lineup announcement for game 2 of the doubleheader once again does not have him getting a start. This was Doc’s explanation yesterday for why he wasn’t getting the nod.
Matt had a heck of a day and it was great. But I think that the thing for our club and for Matt to impact our club is to get periodic starts to keep him sharp and to be that valuable bat off of the bench…the plan is to get Matty in there tomorrow.
Dave Roberts did not start Beaty on Tuesday either. He also did not go to him in a pinch-hit role in the first game with the Dodgers threatening to score. Instead, he went with the struggling Edwin Rios who rolled over a slow groundball to first.
It makes very little sense that the Dodgers would keep running Edwin Rios out there when you have a hot hand like Matt Beaty. And that’s not to say that Matt won’t come back to earth at some point. He’s obviously not going to reach base at a 500 clip, but he’s doing it right now.
These decisions are hurting the team right now. Rios does need some time to work things out, but not at the cost of losing the hot hand.