After a month of over analyzing the off season of the LA Dodgers, I get to examine meaningless baseball. Welcome to "Headlines about Meaningless Baseball"
Keep Your Head Up, Lux
When nerding out about the Dodgers this offseason, Gavin Lux was the player that always received my flowers. I expected him to flourish this season.
After being the second fiddle behind Seager and Turner, 2023 was going to be his time to become a Hollywood star. His offensive productivity was coming together. He finished the season with a .276 batting average even after missing a significant amount of time.
After seasons of playing the outfield and second base, Gavin was going to be the starting shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In an interview with SportsNet LA, Gavin Lux choked up and held back tears as he said, "Every baseball player's dream is to play shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers."
Lux’s season came to an end after an injury during a non-contact play running to third. Stay up, Gavin.
The depth chart for the shortstop position is down to Miguel Rojas and Chris Taylor. Taylor played the majority of the last season as an outfielder, as he recovered from surgery. The Dodgers traded for Miguel Rojas over the offseason to secure multiple infield positions. His best offensive season came during the shortened season of 2020.
As of now, Miguel Rojas is the clear frontrunner to hold down the position. His glove is elite and finished in the top three of the Gold Glove award at the position last season. The bat will come.
There’s also a trade option.
During the Cactus league last year, the team saw a void to fill in the relief pitching department and traded for Craig Kimgrel. History can repeat itself. It is not necessary as they can fill the absence from within but why not go after say Willy Adames and add a Corbin Burnes?
The Brewers’ owner doesn’t care about its stars, why not come to Hollywood where everyone shines?
A blogger can only dream.
The Pitching Is Looking Mighty Fine
With a small sample size to analyze, the household names in the pitching staff are shining.
Julio Urias pitched 2.2 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 earned run and striking out 4. He's entering a contract year.
Noah Syndergaard pitched 2 innings, giving up 1 hit, zero earned runs and striking out 2. Noah bet on himself by signing a 1 year contract.
Ryan Pepiot pitched 1 inning, giving up 1 hit and earning zero runs. He is currently the organization's #4 prospect.
We have yet to see Kershaw, May, and Gonsolin pitch but with the numbers coming from the previously named pitchers, the pitching is looking mighty fine.
Pitching wins you championships. Losing Lux will affect the offense. The pitching is needed more than ever this upcoming season.
I know, just seconds ago I was dreaming of trading for Corbin Burnes. That’s my inner spoiled Dodger fan dreaming out loud.
The pitching staff is coming together but injuries happen and with the history of the front office limiting prospects from over pitching, adding another star pitcher won’t hurt the team’s World Series aspirations.