Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Admits Miguel Vargas Has Been Battling Bad Habits with Approach
Miguel Vargas had the best game of his big league career so far on Tuesday night. The rookie second baseman had his first career 4 hit night, hitting 3 doubles and knocking in 3 runs en route to another Dodgers’ blow out over the Phillies. the night hopefully marked the start of something big for Vargas and reinforced the good work the 23-year-old has been putting in with LA’s hitting coaches over the last week or two.
After the breakout performance, Dave Roberts talked about the up and down season so far for Vargas and finally admitted that, just maybe, that thumb injury was a cause for some struggles.
“I think that initially, Miguel was controlling the strike zone well, taking walks, then he got hit on the thumb and I think there was some tentativeness with the swing, understandably. Then the indecisiveness of the swing kind of led to some bad habits but our guys worked through some things with Miguel and right now he’s in a good a spot as we’ve seen. … to have him where he’s at in the order to be productive really adds length.”
An errant pitch hit Vargas on the right thumb during the fifth game of the season. Since then, he’s hit under .200 and has looked a little long at the plate swing wise. Vargas told Kirsten Watson that his big night helped him feel more comfortable at the plate but didn’t mention anything about any changes he made at the plate. “I’m just trying to compete every day.”
He added while in the clubhouse.
“We’re all at some point going to struggle. Maybe that was the time for me, and now we go through.”Via LA Times
Dave Roberts has made it clear that he’ll continue to run Vargas out there night in and night out.
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He has a track record of making contact. Every athlete can fall into bad habits compensating for an injury. Glad Robert’s is giving him the at bats and sticking with him. He is going to be an amazing talent.