Last night the Dodgers earned win number 108 on the season. The hero of the game — aside from the light’s-out work from the bullpen — was utility man, Miguel Vargas. The rookie connected on a three-run single that proved to be the difference maker in the final matchup between the Dodgers and Padres in the regular season.
After the game, Vargas spoke with SNLA’s Kirsten Watson about his big night at the dish. He also revealed that his family, who missed his first career home run game over the weekend, was in the stands for this one. In that interview, he played it mostly humble. He’s enjoying his time in the big leagues and is trying to take advantage of the opportunities given.
But after, he added that he’s playing with the postseason on his mind.
“I want to be there and I want to win the ring, of course,” Vargas said. “But that’s not my job. My job is to stay ready.”
Don’t look now, but Miggy is heating up at a time when few others are stepping up. Over his last five games, the 22-year-old is 5-17 (.294) with 6 runs batted in. He’s cut down his strikeout rate and is looking more comfortable in the box.
By all accounts, the longshot of him making the postseason roster isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.
“His name is certainly in the mix to make the roster,” said manager Dave Roberts. “All Miguel can do is respond when given opportunities.”
But, in reality, the chances of Vargas actually making the team appear minuscule. None of Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, Will Smith, or Justin Turner are in danger of losing their spot. Cody Bellinger is a lock, as are Austin Barnes and Trayce Thompson. Chris Taylor, despite his struggles, is one of Dave’s guys, so that plus his track record guarantees he’s on the roster.
The only player where you could consider it a toss up is fellow utility man, Hanser Alberto. But Hanser has meant so much to the clubhouse culture, that it’s hard to envision the team putting him on the taxi squad after spending the entire year as the primary swiss army knife.
Vargas has six more games to make one hell of an impression.