The first series of the year had Dodgers fans convinced that Gavin Lux was going to be a top-5 second baseman in baseball. Maybe that was just me, but the kid was taking great at-bats and getting results early on.
Lux went 6-for-16 with a couple of triples and 3 runs driven in during that series against Colorado. Unfortunately, he followed that up with just 4 more hits in the month of April. Part of that can be attributed to a sore wrist that landed him on the Dodgers injured list.
But over the last couple of games, Lux has found small flashes of success. He went 2-for-3 on Tuesday(in game 1) and is 4-for-7 over his last 2 games. The Dodgers second baseman said after the game on Tuesday afternoon that he felt like he found something in his swing mechanically that clicked.
Going back I looked at a lot of videos from 2019. And just in my setup, I’m trying to start with my barrel pointed away from me a little more and a little more laid off and relaxed. I think that kind of gives my body some freedom and rhythm that I need that I felt like I was missing a little bit. So I think I kind of figured that out, and I definitely feel like I’m seeing the ball better now.
Before going on the injured list, Lux was 9-for-41 with his only extra-base hits coming in Colorado. He came off of the IL and struggled out of the gate chalking up just 1 hit in his first 5 starts back. But the Dodgers are hopeful that the last few days are an indication of how things will go this year.
It’s also worth noting that Lux has been able to hit the ball harder. He has a few slow dribblers and infield hits, but he’s also laced a few balls in the process. If Lux can break through in 2021, it’s going to really help with the overall offensive slump.
Game 2 was a little bit of an exception for Lux. He went 0-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader and had nothing to show for in the loss. But we’ll give him a pass since he played both games.