Gavin Lux punctuated the best month of his professional career on Memorial Day with a pair of home runs in a 9-4 Dodger win. For the month of May, Lux looked like the slugger many thought he could be.
Lux became the regular shortstop on May 16th after Corey Seager suffered a fractured wrist. However, Lux doesn’t believe playing his old position is the main reason for his offensive resurgence.
“I haven’t gotten the chance to play there too much the last two or three years so it’s been pretty fun getting back over there and just taking ground balls and reading swings and trying to make plays for guys.”
During his 2019 minor league season, Lux played 91 of 110 games at shortstop. He also smashed his way to a 1.028 OPS and Minor League POY honors.
Back to the present, the Lux Bus trailed only Fernando Tatis Jr. (26) and Brandon Crawford (22) for RBI by a shortstop in May.
Despite his success, Lux had this to say when asked if playing shortstop has invigorated his offense.
“No, I don’t think so,” he said. “Whether it’s short or second, it doesn’t affect how I feel in the box. I don’t think it matters at all. But I think it’s maybe just a little bit more of a coincidence that I feel like I’m in rhythm and seeing the ball well while I’m playing short. I think it’s just more of a coincidence than anything.”
Coincidence or not, Lux picked the perfect time to start hitting for power and average. He slashed .286/.346/.490 in May and hit not one, but two grand-slams.
He doesn’t get all the credit, but Lux was a big reason why the Dodgers finished third in runs scored last month.
If Lux can continue to hit with Seager sidelined, there’s no reason the Dodgers can’t continue to be an elite offensive team.