Toles didn't play last year and wasn't invited to big league camp in Spring Training, yet now he's likely to be on the postseason roster, even starting against right-handed pitching. The Dodgers are 15-4 when Toles starts.
"I just think, Andrew is continuing to impress, giving us good at-bats," said Roberts. "I like his ability to run, potentially steal a base, get a guy on base, he might hit that hole."
Toles is 6-for-19 (.316) with runners in scoring position, 8-for-19 (.421) with a home run, three doubles and a triple as a pinch-hitter, and is hitting .351 against right-handed pitching (.273 against lefties). In his last 11 starts, he has a 1.028 OPS.
On the first pitch he saw in the Major Leagues, he doubled. Roberts said Toles has a naiveté that allows him to keep the game simple.
"I hope he never wakes up," Roberts said. "I send him a text that he's playing, I get an 'OK.' And when he's not in the lineup he does his work and is ready for a pinch-hit at-bat later. He's a joy."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.