Giants @ Dodgers April 29, 2015: The Rise of Joc Pederson

“When is Joc Pederson going to stop hitting eighth? When will Don Mattingly finally bump Jimmy Rollins out of the leadoff spot?”

Giants
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles, Ca.
LF
Aoki
CF
Pederson
2B
Panik
SS
Rollins
CF
Pagan
2B
Kendrick
C
Posey
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Belt
RF
Van Slyke
RF
Maxwell
LF
Ethier
3B
McGehee
C
Grandal
SS
Crawford
3B
Uribe
P
Vogelsong (R)
P
Greinke (R)

Every day with this, seriously. In my Twitter mentions. In the comments here. In our mailbox. “Stop hitting Pederson eighth. Stop hitting Rollins leadoff. Mattingly is killing this team.” Every day. Every day. Every day. Every day.

And yeah, we knew that Rollins hitting leadoff wasn’t the best idea, even before he got off to a surprisingly slow .182/.281/.299 start. I’m pretty sure we wrote about it before the season. I’m also pretty sure that I’ve said a few times that I had absolutely no problem with starting an unproven young player like Pederson low in the lineup as a low-pressure way of introducing him to the big leagues. As he continued to hit, I noted that it wouldn’t be okay for him to stay that low forever, but it was still April, and the idea was sound.

Today, the move we all knew was coming has happened, sort of. I mean, we all knew Rollins couldn’t stay atop the lineup hitting like that all year, and we know that Pederson couldn’t keep hitting that low. I’m not sure I expected Pederson to jump right up to leadoff, but with Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford both injured, I’m not sure there were really any other viable options, either.

The change has been made, and maybe that will quiet the crowds inexplicably still going after the manager. (Not that lineups really matter that much, as I wrote in the new issue of Dodger Insider magazine.) Scott Van Slyke is starting against a righty, which is also a step in the right direction. Alex Guerrero isn’t, though. There’s always something to complain about.

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