Manager Dave Roberts said that Taylor and Enrique Hernandez would share the starts at second base during the regular season, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. A timeshare at the keystone wouldn't close the door on Taylor receiving something close to an everyday role, as his ability to play shortstop, third base and all three outfield spots affords him multiple avenues to making regular starts. Hernandez offers similar defensive versatility, though his underwhelming numbers versus right-handed pitching [.221/.288/.377 slash line (82 wRC+) in 733 plate appearances] place him at greater risk than Taylor of settling into a short-side platoon role.
Taylor agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Taylor took a step back last season after his breakout 2017 campaign, but he was still a $10 player in 12-team mixed leagues. He has shortstop eligibility to pair with outfield eligibility, helping his appeal. Add second base if your league requires only 10 appearances at a position to qualify.
Taylor will bat leadoff and start in left field for Game 1 of the NLCS against Milwaukee on Friday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports. Taylor will join the starting lineup with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Brewers. During the club's four-game set against Atlanta, Taylor went 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, with all three at-bats coming in Game 3.
Taylor started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a pair of runs scored in Sunday's 14-0 rout over the Padres. Taylor has lived up to his super-utility role, starting four of the Dodgers' last five games while manning three different defensive positions. The 27-year-old's uptick in playing time was due in large part to the slew of left-handed starters the club faced this week. Taylor should be in line for at least a few more starts next week with southpaws scheduled for three of the final six games of the regular season, starting with Arizona's Robbie Ray on Monday.
Taylor went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Tuesday's win over the Rockies. Taylor played the hero Tuesday, depositing Adam Ottavino's 2-2 offering over the seats in left field for a walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th inning. He's been on a roll since the start of September, hitting .379/.471/.793 in 29 at-bats this month. Taylor still has an outside chance of reaching 20 homers for a second consecutive season.
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