First and foremost, David Dahl should be playing every day. This season he’s only hitting .254 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s in 25 games, but those numbers should improve with regular playing time.
Dahl has seen most of his at-bats against right-handers, and that’s justifiable considering he’s struggled against lefties.
But Dahl isn’t a platoon player and he’s hit southpaws reasonably-well throughout his minor league career. Dahl’s numbers on the season will get better and his right/left splits will even out, but that won’t happen by sitting on the bench.
Inconsistent playing time will not help Dahl figure things out.
It would be different if the Rockies’ offense was hitting on all cylinders, but it’s not. I’d rather see the Rockies offense struggle because they’re giving young guys like Dahl a chance to find their footing than because they’re clinging to aging veterans.
Dahl isn’t the only guy who deserves a chance at regular playing time.
Fellow outfielder Noel Cuevas has played fairly well since being promoted (.294/.345/.353 slash line) and has earned more playing time as the team searches for offense. He is also the only right-handed hitter in the Rockies outfield.
But let’s take this a step further.