The Dodgers have been playing quality baseball as of late, with their most recent loss at Coors Field being an exception. They are 9-5 in the month of July, and AJ Pollock has been a big reason why.
AJ has been locked in all month, hitting .365 on the month and even winning Player of the Week honors before the All-Star break.
Stay hot, AJ.
Congratulations to AJ Pollock on being named NL Player of the Week! pic.twitter.com/qLeDVAHdCn
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 12, 2021
He’s looked like the 2015 version of himself, the year in which he was an All-Star and an MVP candidate. This couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dodgers, who find themselves facing the injury bug yet again with both Mookie Betts and Gavin Lux exiting games early with ailments.
With a constantly changing roster due to these types of setbacks, Dave Roberts realizes the value in a healthy AJ Pollock. Prior to Sunday’s game against Colorado, Roberts spoke on what AJ has meant to this team and their recent level of play.
AJ’s meant a ton [to our success], and I think that he’s been very good out there defensively.. Just having him in the lineup, having him healthy, he’s in a good spot physically and just adds so much length to our lineup. He’s hitting right, he’s hitting left… he’s been a big cog. So you look at the success that we’ve had on the offensive side, and he’s been a huge part of it.
On the season, Pollock is batting .280 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI. That’s a pace that he hasn’t had since that memorable 2015 season with Arizona. He hasn’t played in every game for Los Angeles, but that may very well be what has kept him fresh and ready to go when called upon.
With the Dodgers struggling to keep everyone healthy at the same time, having a healthy AJ Pollock could go a long way in helping them close in on the Giants for the best record in baseball.