Chris Taylor gets off to the worst start of his career in 2024. The Dodgers utilityman has only one hit in 37 plate appearances and has struck out 17 times.

While the top of the order has the best OPS in baseball, it cannot disguise Taylor’s recent troubles. In a game against the San Diego Padres on Friday, Taylor led off the bottom of the 11th inning with the Dodgers needing a run to stay in the game

As expected, he popped up a Robert Suarez fastball into foul territory for the first out. The Dodgers went on to lose the game 8–7.

Taylor’s appearance in that area sparked speculation among the media and fans. Especially because Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to pinch-hit Kiké Hernández for James Outman and Miguel Rojas for Gavin Lux.

After the game, Roberts gave the media the following explanation for batting Taylor in that spot:

He has to find his way. Chris has come up with some great hits. So you’ve got to ride the boys, send them out there, and hope they find their way.

However, at this point in the season, it’s difficult to watch Taylor step up to the bat and struggle. He can’t seem to keep up with the fastball and only makes poor contact when he does connect with it. How much longer can the Dodgers give at-bats to someone who is simply not producing?

Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson/USA TODAY Sports

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