At this point, we’re starting to wonder if the Dodgers severely underpaid AJ Pollock. The veteran outfielder has been a model of consistency for the 2021 season and continues to hit at one of the best clips of his career.
But it’s a defensive play from AJ that had all of baseball talking this past week. In the first game of the series against the Padres, AJ went up over the leftfield wall and took one away from Manny Machado. That play kept the Dodgers’ lead intact and they went on to win and eventually sweep the series.
The funny thing is that it came just a few days after he severely misjudged a Pete Alonson homerun. The Dodgers outfielder spoke about how that changed up his approach from robbing Manny.
I was thinking of the last time I tried to rob a homer and embarrassed myself. I kinda saw that it was carrying a little bit and I didn’t want to jump late like I did last time and run into the wall. The timing was right and I was able to make the grab.
Pollock would also go on to drive in a pair of runs late in the game which proved to be the difference-maker in that game. The following night, he blasted a 2-run shot in the 16th inning to give the Dodgers the win.
So while he may not be known for his defense, Pollock now has a Play of the Week to his name. Let’s hope he’s got a few more of these in him to go along with that very good bat.