Gavin Lux Is Changing Dynamics of Dodgers Outfield

While some of the main foundations of the Dodgers’ roster have stayed the same over the course of the 2021 season, there are many that have taken on a new look, including an outfield crew that now features Gavin Lux.

With a healthy AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts, Los Angeles is one step closer to having the original outfield unit it ran onto the field Opening Day. However, based on what’s happening with Cody Bellinger, we might not see the Betts/Bellinger/Pollock unit in full force again until sometime next year.

Nevertheless, all signs are pointing to Chris Taylor being healthy after dealing with a neck injury for several weeks. With Bellinger struggling, throwing Lux into the mix provides a little bit more of punch than having to settle for someone like Luke Raley, Zach Reks or Zach McKinstry.

Matt Beaty is certainly a candidate for starting action, despite skipper Dave Roberts stating several times recently that he prefers Beaty’s bat off the bench, especially in late-game situations.

I guess we’ll never know the adjustments that Lux made during his latest stint in Triple-A, but since he was recalled to the big-league club on September 10, he has been nothing short of remarkable on offense. Over those 12 games, he has slashed .421/.522/.605 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. More importantly, his seven walks over that short period suggest he’s showing more discipline in the box.

While the move to try Lux at third base seemingly backfired, having him play in the outfield has paid some dividends. He made a few several decent plays in left field early in the week, but the real web gem came in the fourth inning of Friday’s game when he tracked down a ball hit by Arizona’s Daulton Varsho deep in the center field alley.

What’s interesting is the speculation of Bellinger’s role if or when he returns. It’s probably safe to assume that Raley is optioned back to play for Oklahoma City in the extended Triple-A season, but Bellinger could be used strictly for his defensive prowess if Lux stays hot with the bat.

Initially, it appeared as if Bellinger wouldn’t need much more time than the mandatory 10 days to come back from his broken rib, but the media reports on Friday suggested otherwise.

“It’s progressing, probably not at the pace we would all like,” Roberts said of Bellinger’s injury on Friday. “Progress is a good thing. But I just don’t want to box him in to playing on Tuesday.”

At this stage of the game, it’s probably not critical to have Bellinger in the initial lineup, although his defensive skills are certainly a huge plus late in games.

However, if Lux continues to make highlight reel plays out there in center field, it could change the dynamics of the way Roberts approaches his outfield options for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Clayton Kershaw Finally Returns to Dodgers Starting Rotation

After two months of being sidelined by an issue with his forearm, Clayton Kershaw is finally returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation.

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Dodgers Add Ryan Meisinger, Zach McKinstry as Active Rosters Expand

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On the first day of league-wide roster expansion, the Los Angeles Dodgers added both righty pitcher Ryan Meisinger and utilityman Zach McKinstry to the team’s active roster, bringing the current count to the full 28 players.

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Dodgers Active Roster: Is Andre Jackson Ready for Permanent Spot?

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Despite recording his first major league loss on Friday, 25-year-old righty Andre Jackson continues to prove to the Dodgers that he might be ready for a permanent roster spot.

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Will the ‘Bullpen Games’ Ever End?

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The good news for the Dodgers is that David Price is approaching the point where he’s stretched out enough to handle six innings in a single outing. The bad news is Julio Urias was placed on the injured list Saturday, prompting the team to perhaps arrange for a ‘bullpen game’ in his next starting slot.

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More Thoughts About Gavin Lux Playing Third Base

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For those who weren’t following Triple-A Oklahoma City’s dramatic 11-10 win against Albuquerque on Tuesday night, you missed Gavin Lux’s professional debut at third base.

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Who Will Have Bigger Impact on Dodgers: Trea Turner or Max Scherzer?

Two weeks ago, the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled off a huge trade, sending their top two prospects in Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray to the Washington Nationals in exchange for starter Max Scherzer and infielder Trea Turner.

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Dodgers Poised to Make NL West Run at Just the Right Time

The Los Angeles Dodgers have started the month of August off at 2-1, and if they want to catch the San Francisco Giants in the NL West, they’re going to have to stay at least at that pace for the rest of the month and beyond.

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Dodgers Make Cole Hamels Signing Official

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While reports surfaced early in the day about the Dodgers signing lefty pitcher Cole Hamels to a contract though the remainder of the 2021 season, the team made the move official with an announcement late Wednesday afternoon.

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Dodgers Activate Corey Seager, More Thoughts on 2021 Trade Deadline

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In one of the craziest trade deadlines ever, players began to move left and right in the final hours of the last day. Making one of the biggest splashes again was Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In the biggest blockbuster of the year, the club acquired veteran and multiple Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer along with All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.

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