The Dodgers have a fortunate tendency of having guys step up in big situations with key players out. Given the health of their roster for the entire 2021 season, they’ve had to rely on that luck more often than not.
But Chris Taylor has been a model of consistency for the Dodgers in 2021. No matter where they ask him to play on a regular basis, CT3 comes through and has been a force anywhere in the batting order.
This week, Taylor stepped up with Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger both out of the lineup. Betts missed the entire week with a hip issue and Bellinger left the game on Friday with a hamstring issue. But without Taylor in there, the Dodgers would have been in big trouble.
After going 0-for-4 against the Giants on Monday night, Taylor went on to hit 5 homeruns this week and collect 12 total hits. The Dodgers shortstop drove in 6 total runs this week and was a big reason they were able to win 3 of their games.
As a result of that wild week with the bat, CT3 was named the National League Player of the Week. He is the second Dodgers player to take home the honors this season after AJ Pollock also did it. Taylor has been filling in at shortstop full-time while Gavin Lux remains out with a hamstring issue.