But Crawford isn't hitting. Crawford has started 13 of the Dodgers' last 17 games and has batted only .196 during that stretch.
So why has Mattingly settled with Crawford as his primary left fielder?
"Carl, before he got hurt, was probably swinging the bat better than anyone we had," Mattingly said. "I feel like Carl's going to get back to that."
When Crawford was placed on the disabled list May 28 because of a sprained left ankle, he was batting .267 with four home runs, 18 runs batted in and nine steals in 44 games.
"If you really look at our numbers, he had as high a percentage of balls hit on the nose as anyone we've got," Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he also likes how Crawford adds speed and versatility to the lineup.
That has made the left-handed-hitting Crawford the Dodgers’ first-choice left fielder on days when they face a right-handed pitcher. Right-handed-hitting