This winter, the Dodgers had a lot of roster turnover from Justin Turner, Tyler Anderson, Trea Turner, and Cody Bellinger all taking off to their new teams.
But after the addition of a few new players and knowing that LA has a few prospects just waiting to break into the major league scene, the Dodgers’ still ranked pretty high in this year’s World Series betting odds.
The Astros, Mets, and Yankees are all tied at +650 odds to win the 2023 Fall Classic but the Dodgers still had the second-best odds with +800 at BetMGM.
But that was in February. Now, after the way this week played out and Dave Roberts officially announced that Gavin Lux would in fact miss the entire 2023 season, where does that leave the odds now?
According to the sportsbooks as of recently, those odds haven’t seemed to change much, if at all. They each have the Dodgers listed at +800 or +850 at the most.
This is likely due to the fact that whenever the Dodgers run into a problem, they always look to the next man up. Sure, it might be the original plan but the Dodgers and the books seem confident in this replacement for Lux.
Gavin Lux had appeared in a career-high 129 starts with the Dodgers last season where he primarily played second base. He also posted a .276 and lead the National League with seven triples and 42 RBI. The 25-year-old had worked hard all summer to prepare for his new role as starting shortstop until he was carted off the field on Monday in the team’s Spring Training game.
On Tuesday, it was announced that he had torn his ACL and would be out for the season. This left the immediate question: “Well now what? Who’s the Starting Shortstop going to be?”
Miguel Rojas is assumed to take over as shortstop followed by some appearances from Chris Taylor who’s shared that shortstop is his favorite position to play anyways.
Along with posting a career .260 AVG with 39 homers and 269 RBI, Rojas has 719 appearances at the shortstop position across his nine-year career in the major leagues. He shares:
“For me, this is what I’ve been preparing for…I’ve been playing shortstop every day for the last four, or five years of my career. I went into the offseason thinking that I need to prepare for 162 games and here it is.
“I see here’s an opportunity that I’m not going to take for granted. I know what I have to do to be part of a winning team. I’m looking forward to this opportunity and to actually post every single day and be ready to contribute as much as I can to win the World Series.”
Although the sportsbooks don’t see the Dodgers’ suffering all too much from the loss of Gavin Lux, we’ll see how well the LA team can continue to adapt to changes or else it will be just another story like last year.
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