It happens! Players get hurt… it’s just too bad that it is Justin Turner who went down, but if you stop and reflect… maybe it will be a blessing in disguise. Justin Turner will likely miss a month or more of the 2018 season for the non-displaced fracture on his left hand. Really, he could miss two months, but the blessing is three-fold:
- The Dodgers get to see how others will perform;
- Those “other players” gain valuable experience; and
- JT is not as “worn down” at the end of the season.
Dave Roberts is a nice guy and does not throw at other team’s players, and I am not going to advocate hitting the other teams players, but when your guy gets hit, you have to pitch inside more often… if they get hit… oh well! The Dodgers need to be more aggressive in pitching inside.
I don’t think you will see one set lineup now that Turner is out. We know that Forsythe can play 3B, but so can Kike, so can Barnes and so can Utley. I have also been impressed with Farmer at 3B for the most part. If it were me, I would leave Forsythe at 2B (except when Utley plays) and put Farmer or Kike or Barnes … or Utley at 3B. Austin Barnes is A VERY GOOD 2B, but I don’t mess with the chemistry. I will say that Kyle Farmer does not look comfortable at 2B.
What I would not do is weaken our outfield offense and cohesion by moving Chris Taylor to 2B. Yes, he can play 2B, but his defensive metrics are not good there (yes, I think he would improve). I think it would be counterproductive (read: DUMB) to move Taylor to 2B. In fact, if it were me… and it’s not, I would just have a bench player take Turner’s positon: That player (or players) are Farmer, Barnes, Utley or Hernandez.
I would not shuffle the lineup… keep Forsythe at 2B and Taylor in CF. That’s the Dodgers strength up the middle. Don’t mess with it! I guess there is plenty of time to audition… NEXT MAN UP! There are always injuries… The fact is: Logan Forsythe is the best defensive 3B now on the team… But, he’s also the best defensive 2B! Don’t weaken two positions!
My guess at the lineup against Mad-Bum on Opening Day:
1. Taylor CF
2. Seager SS
3. Kemp LF
4. Bellinger 1B
5. Puig RF
6. Grandal C
7. Hernandez (Mad-Bum Killer) 3B
8. Forsythe 2B
Maybe this is where Kike Wally Pips Justin Turner <just kidding>