Gavin Lux made his Major League debut on September 2nd against the Colorado Rockies, and wowed Dodger faithful with 2 hits in first 2 at bats. He also set a record with 3 runs scored in that game.
After those first base knocks he went into a mini 1-18 slump, which was somewhat concerning, but expected for a rookie. Nevertheless, it led to some questions as to whether the rookie was ready.
When you’ve waited 21 years, there’s no time to waste.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 3, 2019
Ever since then, it seems that Lux has adjusted and turned his game around. From September 10th in Baltimore and on, Lux has gone 9-21 (.428) with 2 home runs, 6 runs batted in, and 4 runs scored. He also picked up his first career stolen base and has fine defense along the way.
Add it all up and he’s batting .293 with a wRC+ of128. Moreover, most of his damage has been on the road, which is impressive for a rookie. If he continues this type of play up, he should have earned himself a spot on the postseason roster.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 11, 2019
The Roster Spot
Lux was initially called up to fill in for the injured Max Muncy, who was down with a fractured wrist. Now Muncy is back and it could be the roster spot of Alex Verdugo that Lux assumes. Dugie has already been ruled out for the NLDS, so Los Angeles would be on the hunt for another left handed bat with plus foot speed.
Kiké Hernandez and Chris Taylor’s versatility could help Lux make the postseason roster, because that will allow him to play at second base and Taylor or Hernandez could play in the outfield. Lux has shown that he could be reliable at 2nd base, and in the 2 previous series’ he has shown to step up, and deliver.
Lux showed that he can be a dominant player on the road. That could be key in the playoffs, as Dodger bats seem to disappear at times when away from Dodger Stadium. If Lux continues his impressive play, he should definitely be on the postseason roster in October.