After a breakout 2014 campaign, repeated bouts with plantar fasciitis along with a case of broken ribs limited Dickerson to just 65 games this season. Even so, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic for Dickerson's prospects heading into the upcoming season.
In his 224 at-bats in 2015, Dickerson still finished with a .304 average and .869 OPS, marks highly comparable to what he posted in those categories in 2014. With a little better luck on the health front, Dickerson shouldn't have trouble reaching the 20-homer plateau while making a run at 100 RBI.
Alvarez hasn't recorded a hit in his last four appearances and with lefty Brandon Finnegan set to take the mound for the Reds, Alvarez will take a seat in favor of Mike Morse who will hit sixth in the lineup and man first base.
Dickerson has missed much of 2015 with foot and rib injuries, but has been highly productive when healthy. Since returning to the lineup on Sept. 8, Dickerson has hit .333 with three homers, eight RBI and eight runs. Given his health issues, he may be available in some leagues and could be worth a late-season pickup.
Dickerson hasn't missed a beat since returning from the disabled list Sept. 8, as he's slashed a respectable .282/.333/.538 over his last 13 games.
The Rockies have been giving him more frequent days off in September than earlier in the year, but it's hard to fault the team for their reluctance to use him given how banged up he's been throughout the season.
With a full offseason to recover from the plantar fasciitis issue that has dogged him throughout the season, Dickerson should enter spring training at full health.
His .786 OPS now sits just below his career best of .788, set in his rookie season of 2010. Alvarez has hit homers in three of his last five games and continues to platoon at first base with right-handed hitters Michael Morse and Aramis Ramirez.
Rockies OF Corey Dickerson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers. Dickerson played 16 innings in the field over the past two days, so he'll get Wednesday off to limit the risk of re-injury on his problematic foot.
This should be considered a regular day-off, and he is listed as available to pinch-hit against the Dodgers. Kyle Parker will replace him in left field.
Michael Morse will get the start at first base in the nightcap with left-hander Jon Lester toeing the rubber for Chicago. Alvarez went 0-for-2 in Game 1, but he did also draw two walks for the third straight game.
"I swing as hard as I can, and I don't feel [any rib pain]," Dickerson said. "So that gives me confidence, and I don't worry about it anymore. I was worried at first, but I don't even think about it now."
Dickerson is on the disabled list after suffering non-displaced fractures of two ribs at the end of July. Manager Walt Weiss said it is possible Dickerson returns before the end of the season.
"As a player, you never want to go into an offseason as a rehab player," Weiss said. "It's always a lot better approaching the offseason having played."