The Dodgers are in the fortunate position to have time to figure things out for guys struggling right now. They are red hot, winning 29 of 39 games and extending their lead in the National League West. That being said, there aren’t many games left to get essential guys locked in.
After today’s game, there will only be 20 games left in the regular season. While they’re pretty much set around the diamond, second base remains a position of uncertainty. Gavin Lux recently got the callup to be that guy, but Lux has struggled early on. He has started his 2020 campaign going 2-for-17(.118 avg) with 7 strikeouts. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had even said that he felt Lux wasn’t being as aggressive as he would like to see.
Fortunately, there is still some time to get things going. Roberts spoke with Dodgers media prior to Thursday’s game, in which Lux did not play. Roberts clarified that Lux would have the opportunity to prove he can be the guy come October.
You know what you have in Kiké and Taylor. With Gavin, giving him a runway to play consistently against right-handed pitching, I think he deserves it. He needs it. And we need to see it. So I don’t think it’s a day-to-day performance thing. I don’t want that in his mind. I want him to go up there and have clarity and play baseball. Once we get to that point, whenever it is, we’ll make a decision.
While Kiké isn’t exactly lighting up the stat lines, Chris Taylor has been pretty consistent. And as of right now, both guys represent a better option than a struggling Lux. But in terms of upside, Lux almost certainly has the edge. We all know what he can be, and that’s exactly what the Dodgers will need this October.