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.

How Should Dodgers Handle Struggling Cody Bellinger?

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As the Dodgers continue to get healthier and rosters will expand soon, that means fewer AB for some players. 2019 National League MVP Cody Bellinger could be one of them.

Bellinger hasn’t been anywhere close to his former self this season and seems to be the odd man out of the lineup right now.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, More

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Right when things seem to be looking up for the Los Angeles Dodgers on the injury front, something else happens that pushes the team a few steps backwards.

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Dodgers Activate Cody Bellinger, Zach McKinstry

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday morning activated outfielder Cody Bellinger and utilityman Zach McKinstry from the injured list after optioning outfielder DJ Peters and utilityman Sheldon Neuse back to Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to a team announcement.

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How Will Cody Bellinger and Zach McKinstry Fit Back into Dodgers’ Lineup?

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The idea that the Los Angeles Dodgers could benefit from several offensive reinforcements after winning 12 of their last 13 contests might seem a bit unthinkable. However, their skid of losing 15 of 20 games not long ago may suggest otherwise.

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Zach McKinstry, Cody Bellinger Nearing Prospective Returns

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The last time Zach McKinstry made an MLB appearance before his oblique strain on April 20, the Dodgers were in control of the National League West with a 14-4 record. The Giants were in second place at 11-6, and the Padres were in third, hovering right around the .500 mark at 10-9.

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Exactly How Valuable Is Cody Bellinger to Dodgers?

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Undeniably, the injury bug has bitten the Los Angeles Dodgers a bit hard so far this year, although many of the injuries could seemingly be much worse. Despite the injuries, though, Los Angeles has proven that it can win without some of the most important players on the field.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Cody Bellinger, Brusdar Graterol, Gavin Lux, More

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No question, the opening game of the San Diego series on Friday evening was perhaps the most exciting contest of the year so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers, living up to the hype that was thrown upon these two teams by most of the national media.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Bullpen Woes, Cody Bellinger’s Injury, Home Opener and More

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have finished their first road trip of the season, amassing a respectable 6-2 record. It easily could’ve been 8-0, but there will be some losses, as we all understand. They are on pace to win 115 games over the course of the season.

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Clayton Kershaw Makes Third Spring Start Against Brewers, Cody Bellinger Debuts

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In another game of Cactus League play, the Dodgers fell to the Brewers by a score of 7-2, as Clayton Kershaw made his third start of the spring. The Los Angeles ace was roughed up a bit, throwing four innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out three.

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