Los Angeles Dodgers’ Michael Young Could Save Team If Needed
When the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies, he was expected to be nothing more than a veteran presence and utility infielder. But come this postseason, he may be much more than just that. With first base and shortstop sewn up with Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez respectively, there are still two infield positions that Young could help the Dodgers at. I truly believe Juan Uribe can be a difference maker for the Dodgers this postseason, but if either he or Mark Ellis struggles, Don Mattingly shouldn’t think twice about putting Young in at either of those two spots.
Although Young is a career .248 hitter in the postseason, it can’t be ignored that in the regular season he has a .300 batting average for his career. Young can make contact with the ball, and although he’s never been much of a home run hitter, he still has the ability to drive in runs. His defense leaves a lot to be desired regardless of where he plays, but at the age of 36, this won’t be Young’s first rodeo. He has a good head on his shoulders, and has been willing to do whatever was asked for him regardless of the team he was playing for at the time.
Even if everything goes perfectly for Uribe and Ellis this postseason and Young is not needed to take their starting job, the veteran will still likely be the best option off the bench when they’re in need for a pinch hitter. Younh waived his no-trade clause to go to Los Angeles for this postseason push, and if it comes down to it he may be just the right guy to save the day for the Dodgers.