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Dodgers: Gavin Lux Feels Like He Unlocked Something in His Swing With a Small Change

The first series of the year had Dodgers fans convinced that Gavin Lux was going to be a top-5 second baseman in baseball. Maybe that was just me, but the kid was taking great at-bats and getting results early on. 

Lux went 6-for-16 with a couple of triples and 3 runs driven in during that series against Colorado. Unfortunately, he followed that up with just 4 more hits in the month of April. Part of that can be attributed to a sore wrist that landed him on the Dodgers injured list. 

But over the last couple of games, Lux has found small flashes of success. He went 2-for-3 on Tuesday(in game 1) and is 4-for-7 over his last 2 games. The Dodgers second baseman said after the game on Tuesday afternoon that he felt like he found something in his swing mechanically that clicked. 

Going back I looked at a lot of videos from 2019. And just in my setup, I’m trying to start with my barrel pointed away from me a little more and a little more laid off and relaxed. I think that kind of gives my body some freedom and rhythm that I need that I felt like I was missing a little bit. So I think  I kind of figured that out, and I definitely feel like I’m seeing the ball better now.

Before going on the injured list, Lux was 9-for-41 with his only extra-base hits coming in Colorado. He came off of the IL and struggled out of the gate chalking up just 1 hit in his first 5 starts back. But the Dodgers are hopeful that the last few days are an indication of how things will go this year.

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It’s also worth noting that Lux has been able to hit the ball harder. He has a few slow dribblers and infield hits, but he’s also laced a few balls in the process. If Lux can break through in 2021, it’s going to really help with the overall offensive slump.  

Game 2 was a little bit of an exception for Lux. He went 0-for-3 in the second game of the doubleheader and had nothing to show for in the loss. But we’ll give him a pass since he played both games. 

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  1. Oh please. A couple of infield hits and seeing eye grounders and now Lux is Ty Cobb?
    And his defense is way below standards.
    I guess though compared to Edwin Rios he is like Cobb!

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