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Dodgers: Gavin Lux Does it All in Win, Earns Rave Reviews from Dave Roberts



The Dodgers finally found their way into the win column on Friday night, as they beat the Rockies 11-6 in another wacky Coors Field-esque game.

While the story of the night was Trevor Bauer’s near no-no, something that can’t go underlooked is the impact that second baseman Gavin Lux had on the ballgame as a whole.

Dave Roberts has been singing Lux’s praises all offseason, and as the games begin to count, the Dodgers’ skipper is seeing a lot of growth in his game. Before the game, LA’s field reporter Kirsten Watson asked Gavin what the praise from his manager means to him.

It does mean a lot, especially coming from your manager and somebody you respect a lot. So to hear that coming from Dave [Roberts], it definitely meant something to me and it’s a confidence booster. Anytime your manager says something like that, it definitely holds more weight than maybe someone else saying it.

The boost of confidence definitely showed last night, as Gavin Lux had his fingerprints all over the team’s first win of the season.

Related: Roberts Gives Lux a Runway at Second Base

The defensive display began all the way back in the first inning on this incredible robbery of Trevor Story.

Lux was also able to get it done with the bat, which included the triple below that made it 8-0 in the fifth inning.

After the game, Dave Roberts was once again asked for his thoughts on Lux and his performance.

Gavin’s been in a good place all spring, and he’s continued [to be]. It’s really good to see him off to a good start on both sides of the ball. Tonight, for me, what really stood out is that leg single. I just really love the way he got down the line and started an inning for us.

The single that Roberts mentioned occurred in the 4th inning of the game, which ended up being a 3-run frame for the Dodgers. Without that single, Trevor Bauer would have no reason to sacrifice and there would be two outs before you know it. Having the 8-hitter get on base when leading off an inning is huge, and seeing the confidence beginning to grow within Lux to do those things is a welcome sight for the team and for fans as a whole.

Final Thoughts

Lux ended the night going 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored, a worthy follow-up to his 2 for 4 performance the day before.

Last season was a bit rough on the young infielder, but there is plenty of untapped potential to be discovered still. The season may be all of two days old, but it’s a welcome sight to see Gavin Lux performing at the level many expected when he was the game’s number one prospect. If he can continue to produce some timely hits along with the flashes of defensive brilliance, this Dodger team will be even better than expected.

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Written by Daniel Palma

Daniel is an avid sports fan who loves his hometown teams. If he's not watching baseball, you can find him playing or coaching. No matter what, he'll always root for the Boys in Blue!

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  1. And, this is why Friedman may not pay BIG money to Seager next November. Small sample size, but this is what the organization expected from Lux.

    It was, however, a cool sight to see Seager and Lux jogging off the field after one inning slapping gloves and laughing. Camaraderie and friendship within the locker room, especially with all these young players 22-27, is so very important.

    Lets see how the season goes. Perhaps it works out with Seager with some big money coming off the books. But, not 10 years!

    • “And, this is why Friedman may not pay BIG money to Seager next November.” Asinine comment. Lux performance has ZERO bearing on Seager contract.

  2. lux has gone from knucklehead last year to a calm confidence this year. nice job kid. he finally looks like a major leaguer. impressive start so far. keep it up.

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