With the loss of utility man Kike Hernandez this past offseason, Chris Taylor has stepped up in a big way for the Dodgers this season. He’s played all over the field and has risen to the occasion when Los Angeles’ stars have gone through lengthy absences from the lineup.
All of his hard-work earned him his first All-Star selection and it looked asif he was going to continue his hot streak at the plate in the second half, yet the opposite has happened. Instead, Taylor has struggled mightily over the past two months.
“I’ve just been kind of grinding with my mechanics. I’ve been having trouble finding a consistent feel that’s repeatable each and every day. It feels like every day … was just kind of searching for something new. Every day felt a little different. Before that, I could think the same things and it was repeatable and consistent. But for whatever reason, I just sort of fell out of that. That makes it tough when you’re constantly searching.”
Taylor has definetly fallen out of whatever was working for much fo this season because he has hit an even .100 in September so far and .228 since the beginning of August. His power has disappeared as well as he’s only hit 3 home runs during that stretch while striking out 52 times.
“I’m just trying to find different cues where before it was kind of the same cues every day which made it easy. I could think the same couple things and it got me in the right spot. But for whatever reason in a long season, things change a little bit. Your body gets tired or whatever and the cues that were working for me before aren’t working for me now.”
Taylor isn’t the only one trying to fins his groove once again as Max Muncy has been struggling as of late as well. Both players were heavily relied on for a majority of the season with all of the injuries up and down the roster. However, with the roster almost at strength, it’s time for the rest of the lineup to carry the load while Taylor and Muncy work their way out of their slumps.