Things are starting to click out in Los Angeles. Even without some key players in the lineup, the Dodgers are figuring out how to win ballgames with the guys they have. And that is very bad news for the National League.
Part of their success over the past week has been their ability to hit the ball. Throughout their 15 losses in 20 games stretch, the Dodgers weren’t doing anything to move guys over. Far too many players were left on base and the bottom of the lineup did nothing to extend the potential of the order.
Gavin Lux is one guy that has truly made this Dodgers lineup lethal top to bottom. Following the game on Tuesday, Lux has homered twice with 10 runs batted in over the course of the week. Even teammate Chris Taylor had a lot to say about him following the win over Arizona.
You can tell he’s much more comfortable up there. You’re seeing the ball carry a little bit more. He’s driving it into the gaps. We saw even a few games ago he wasn’t getting the hits but he had a lot of deep flyouts and good at-bats. Now you’re starting to see the results. You can tell he just has more aggression in his swing and is less passive. I think that’s when he’s at his best.
Dating back to the win against Seattle last Tuesday, Lux has gone 10-for-25(.400) with 10 RBIs and 5 runs scored. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has recognized the changes made and his new attitude at the plate.
He’s freed himself to basically be himself on a baseball field. What that means is he’s not afraid to make mistakes. He’s just playing more relaxed. I’m all about mechanics at times. But I just really do believe in the mindset, the psyche of a player. It really means a lot. I think you can dig into mechanics as much as you want. But if you’re not yourself and don’t feel relaxed, it’s just hard to perform regardless.
Lux’s success at the bottom of the order changes everything for the Dodgers. They know that the runs and production will come at the top, even when the team is struggling. But his success means that pitchers have to fight through every player to have a good outing.
The Dodgers have insisted since the start of Spring Training that Lux will have a runway to be the starting second baseman. That faith in him is paying off huge right now.