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Podcast episode 1817: The evolving Dodgers lineup

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This week on the podcast we recap an odd week at Dodger Stadium that saw both a record offensive performance and a record shutout loss in a matter of just three days.

We examined the offensive slumps of Max Muncy and Matt Kemp, and wondered about the high strikeout rate for Chris Taylor and what to expect going forward. Despite the recent batting funks the Dodgers still basically have 10, maybe 11, everyday players for eight lineup spots, which creates a mix-and-match situation.

“We have a deep bench and they’re not starting, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to contribute at some point in the game. That’s the message to anyone that’s sitting that particular day,” manager Dave Roberts said last week. “They all want to be in there, and they all have in their own right a case to be in the lineup that night. But there are only eight positions in the lineup.“

Also this week on the podcast: promotions for Gavin Lux, Will Smith and Dustin May, plus Hyun-jin Ryu and Julio Urias inch closer with their minor league rehab assignments.

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