It’s been a weird and difficult season for top prospect Gavin Lux. After a slow start at Summer Camp, he was sent back to the alternate site for most of the year. The Dodgers just recalled him at the end of August, and since then has received just 16 starts.
Most Dodgers fans anticipated Gavin Lux at second base every day in 2020. He was supposed to be the anchor for a position that has historically been a revolving door in Los Angeles. But from what it sounds like, Dave Roberts isn’t ready to give him postseason starts.
Roberts isn't quite ready to commit to a second baseman for the postseason, but immediately followed that up with saying that he could see Chris Taylor there a lot.
He also doesn't see Gavin Lux making starts in October.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 26, 2020
Roberts had previously heaped praise on Chris Taylor, who has been excellent over the final stretch of the season. Doc went so far as to mention him in the Dodgers team MVP talk.
I do love CT, and he’s one of my favorite players. Honestly, when you’re talking about MVPs for our club, he is right there in the mix. I know Mookie gets a lot of notoriety, but with what he does for our club, how he makes my job easy — MVP, he should be there every year on our club.- Dave Roberts
Looking at both bodies of work for the 2020 season, it’s easy to understand why the Dodgers would lean towards CT. Taylor has had a great season overall, but he’s really caught fire in September. In 20 games, Taylor is slashing .315/.398/.671 with an OPS of 1.069 and 13 extra-base hits. That also includes a sudden burst in power with 6 homeruns in September.
Gavin Lux has had almost the exact opposite month and season. In 50 at-bats in September, Lux has struck out 28 percent of the time and has put up a .180 batting average. He’s also managed just a .648 OPS with 4 extra-base hits. The Dodgers have quickly moved away from utilizing him in starting roles this month, already signaling what his postseason role will likely be.
Regardless, having Lux’s bat off of the bench in October could prove to be huge if he can find his groove.
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