Dodgers: Who Will Play the Most in Center? Lux, Bellinger or Chris Taylor?

Albert Pujols was placed on the  COVID-19 injured list Tuesday after he was feeling under the weather after receiving his second Covid vaccination shot. In a corresponding move, the Dodgers activated Cody Bellinger, who missed eight games with a non-displaced fractured left rib. Manager, Dave Roberts said Pujols, “just didn’t feel good”, but that the 3-time MVP will be reevaluated and could be back as soon as today.

Next, Gavin Lux filled in nicely in centerfield in Bellinger’s absence and he continues to swing a hot bat. The “Kid from Kenosha” leads the Dodgers with a .383 average and a 179 wRC+ since being recalled on September 10th. LA’s former top prospect is looking more and more comfortable in center and over the weekend made his best defensive play as an outfielder, running down a Kole Calhoun fly ball in deep right-center that led to a double-play vs. the Diamondbacks.

With Lux continuing to impress and Bellinger currently having by far the worst offensive year of his career, we discuss if Gavin Lux should continue to start over the former MVP and if Lux should form a super platoon with Chris Taylor in centerfield. Plus, will the Dodgers go with a trio of centerfielders in the postseason with Gavin Lux, Cody Bellinger, and Chris Taylor, and has AJ Pollock locked down his spot in left or will he share time with Chris Taylor?

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Bellinger should play in the center of the bench. We are having a hard enough time producing runs. Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot just to make it harder.

    1. Belli won’t start but he’ll come in late on defense. Championships are won with great pitching and defense

    1. Not so sure. Lux is on fire right now and can play LF or CF. so will be a game by game decision depending on match-ups. AJ is hitting as well, so the odd man out is CT3 at the moment. CT3 goes to LF and Belli to CF late in the game for defense

  2. Giants beat Dbacks 1 to 0 and Dodgers are down 9 to 5 in the 7th inning. If it stays this way Dodgers will be 3 back and the NL West title pretty much will be won by Giants. Tough evening but IIWII.

    1. CT# if he started hitting, but he’s in a slump. Cody belted a nice HR line drive!!! So he’ll start in CF now while Lux recovers, unless a lefty pitcher starts, and then CT3 will be in CF.

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