The Dodgers were counting on Forsythe to fill several immediate needs: an everyday second baseman, a leadoff hitter, and a right-handed bat to balance a southpaw-heavy lineup that often had trouble against lefty pitching. So far Forsythe has delivered on just one of those hopes, and he’s recently begun sliding backward on that one – playing solid defense up the middle.
The Dodgers tried Forsythe at leadoff for 93 starts, and Logan batted .247/.368/.355. Not anemic, but those leadoff numbers won’t get your team into the Fall Classic. Forsythe has batted up and down the lineup, mostly in the five slot, and his season numbers are .235/.358/.316. Logan hasn’t been getting better at the plate, and within the past couple of series, he’s become an almost sure out right in the middle of the lineup.
The Dodgers have been able to carry him because the rest of the players around him are batting well enough, regularly enough, to support his dead bat. How much longer can that continue? Blue magic or not, the other Dodgers probably aren’t going to continue that mad batting tear, so if one or two bats run into a slump, Forythe will just compound it. Besides that, he isn’t likely to come out of this batting funk, and that would be very bad news in the middle of a playoff series.
In his defense, Forsythe looked like a decent gamle when the Dodgers traded for him. His troubles at the plate began back in April when he suffered a broken right big toe due to a fastball. He was out for just over a month and never showed any batting prowess when he returned.
The Dodgers are fast approaching the final run to the end of the season, and although there isn’t any real threat to their NL West leadership, the team is soon going to begin thinking about their postseason lineup. While their 14-game lead in the division offers plenty of breathing room for them to carry an easy out in the lineup for now, they should be seriously contemplating what to do when the season ends if Forsythe is still a black hole at the plate.