LOS ANGELES — When checking the lineup today, there were two names that were noticeably missing, Justin Turner and Corey Seager. No need to panic, as manager Dave Roberts said they are both just getting the day off.
“We’re in a stretch here with a lot of games in a row, I felt that it would be good to break it up and get him off his feet,” Roberts said about Seager. “He’s playing well, just giving him a blow.”
With Turner, there is a little injury concern, but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious. “Last night he felt a little tightness in his hamstring as he scored,” Roberts said. “With that, just the workload of what he’s been doing, I thought today was a good day to get ahead of it. He’s available off the bench to hit. We’re going to try and stay away from him, and tomorrow we’ll see how it goes. I don’t think it’s severe. Just want to make sure we stay on top of it.”
With that being said, Matt Beaty finds himself in the starting lineup yet again. This will be the eighth start of the year for the 26-year-old.
“He’s playing more than I expected,” Roberts said. “That’s a credit to him about the way he’s playing. Last year we played 163 games in the regular season. We talk about every game having the same magnitude.”
In 13 games with LA, Beaty is hitting .303 with seven runs driven in. He’s been versatile for the Dodgers as well, spending time at first base and the outfield.
“When you perform, you give us the best chance to win, you’re going to be in there. With the at-bats he’s taken, he’s earned that. He swings at strikes. He has a good ability to adjust within the at bat.” Roberts said.
The Dodgers are coming off a game last night in which they found themselves down five runs late in the game, including down three runs in the ninth inning.
“It didn’t surprise me,” Roberts said on the team coming back and getting the win. “The way we went about it, the fight. This year we’ve done a much better job at getting a lead and tacking on and getting to the bullpen. To know you have that in there, and the fight, it’s great to see. It’s a by-product of good at-bats all the way up and down the lineup.”
After the win, the Dodgers were accused by some members of the Mets for possibly “cheating.”
“I think they have a system that helps them get some signs and stuff,” Mets bench coach Jim Riggleman said following the game. “I don’t think it’s anything illegal, but I think they just do a good job of picking up things. If you do anything in your delivery that’s different, if your sequences are repetitive.”
Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard gave his opinions on what he saw. “I’m still scratching my head at how they were able to get those balls in play on the fastballs up and in, in the zone,” Syndergaard said. “But I feel like I made a nice adjustment going down and away once I realized what their approach was.”
Roberts was asked about the situation, and joked that the Dodgers aren’t doing any sort of “special-ops” or anything to cheat the game.
“I think for us, we feel that we go out and play our best 27 outs every night,” he said. “If we come up short, then it’s a combo of we didn’t play well and giving the other team credit. I guess if they feel differently about the quality at bats we put out was not a result of our talent and preparation, then that’s their decision.”