Hidden in the path to Sunday’s win over the Phillies was Justin Turner’s advice that later helped Gavin Lux, whose ninth-inning double gave the Dodgers their first walk-off win of the season.
The counsel happened after Lux struck out in the fifth inning, per Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times:
Turner noticed the weight distribution in Lux’s swing was off. Where earlier this season he was loading slightly more on his back leg, he was now letting his head and body shift too far forward.
Lux was hitless in his previous 12 at-bats before his game-winning double.
Bill Plunkett at the Orange County Register chronicled Michael Grove’s major league debut, after which the right-hander said, “It was crazy. I was kind of floating the first inning or so.”
Fabian Ardaya at The Athletic chronicled the redemptive paths of both Lux and Grove.
A few updates on injured pitchers offered up from Dave Roberts, from Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider: Clayton Kershaw felt back soreness after playing catch Sunday, but the plan is for a bullpen session on Wednesday; and Andrew Heaney will pitch off a mound at some point this week.
- Jeff Passan at ESPN profiled the offseason program for Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado, which included meeting with strength and conditioning coach Nikki Huffman at Titleist Performance Institute in Oceanside. From Passan: “Her assessment was frank: All of the hard work Arenado typically reserves for his swing he now needed to apply to his hips. Fix the hips, and he’d find the bat speed that leads to greater exit velocities. Fix the hips and those balls to his left no longer would elude him.”
- The Reds allowed no hits on Sunday but somehow lost to the Pirates. Mitchell Clark at Red Reporter has more.
- Albert Pujols pitched on Sunday night for the Cardinals.