It seems like Dee Gordon may be the leadoff hitter that the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking for.
Coming into the start of the 2014 season, the Dodgers experimented with the ideas of batting either Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford or Gordon leadoff. Puig had his chance in the season opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Gordon had his chance in Game 2 and put on an absolutely wonderful performance, where he went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored two runs. If Gordon can continue this kind of success into the season, he will be integral to the Dodgers’ success in 2014.
Gordon can succeed as a leadoff hitter where Puig and Crawford cannot: on the base paths. While Puig and Crawford are both fast in their own right, Gordon is easily one of the fastest players in the majors. When he gets on base, he is an immediate threat to steal.
The only knock on Gordon’s game is his inconsistent hitting. He has had multiple stints in the big leagues and has failed to stay in the starting lineup for an extended period of time. If Saturday’s game is any indication, those worries are long gone.
If the Dodgers want to be successful in 2014, they need to bat Gordon leadoff. He provides an offensive spark that may save the Dodgers in close games. Gordon will also be a great asset to have in the postseason as he has the ability to change the complexion of any game he enters.