Dahl went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Cubs. Dahl clubbed a two-run homer in the third inning to tie the game, 3-3. He's now batting .318 with three RBI and four runs scored in spring training and the expectation is that he'll be the everyday starter in left field for the Rockies when the regular season commences.
Dahl will be the Rockies' primary left fielder this season, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The initial expectation was that Dahl would play right field with Charlie Blackmon in left, but the Rockies will instead move Blackmon to right field, a position he played frequently earlier in his career. Regardless of where exactly he plays, a healthy season should see Dahl easily play in the most games of his career after he averaged 70 appearances over his first two seasons.
With the Rockies turning down their club option on Gerardo Parra, which was expected, right now they only have Dahl and Charlie Blackmon as primary outfielders returning for 2019, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Clearly a lot can happen between now and Opening Day, as it did last year when the Rockies signed Carlos Gonzalez again late into the offseason, but Dahl was already claiming more playing time, in a prime spot in the order, over the second half of the season. He should finally get a full season of regular playing time, health permitting.
Dahl is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the NLDS against the Brewers, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Dahl hit just .234 against lefties this season and has yet to record a hit this postseason, so he'll head to the bench with southpaw Wade Miley taking the hill for Milwaukee. Matt Holliday will take over in left field to replace him.
Dahl is not in the starting nine for Game 2 of the NLDS against Milwaukee on Friday, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet reports. Dahl had a rough outing during Thursday's series-opening loss, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before being taken out of the game prior to the bottom of the ninth inning. Gerardo Parra, who went 1-for-2 in Game 1, will start in left field and bat sixth in Friday's matinee.