Dodgers: Running through the options to replace Max Muncy

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 25: Gavin Lux #81 of the Los Angeles Dodgers warms up before the MLB spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Option 2: Call up Lux for a quick stint before September call ups 

Gavin Lux could be the answer to the missing Muncy conundrum. He has a lot of the power and plenty of batting average, and as a shortstop prospect, Lux can likely play better defense, or at least display more range, than Muncy can at second base.

While the in house second base options may be solid in Taylor and Hernandez, they are pretty much sure things, and they are able to find ABs against lefties and on the off-days for the likes of Turner, Pederson, Pollock, and Beaty.

With Muncy out of the equation for the first few days of September, calling up Lux within the next day or two would mean he would have around a week to man second base before being shunted back into a backup role.

If he can display the same hitting prowess that he has at the Triple-A level for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, then he would be worth giving a week’s worth of experience at the major league level, especially if Muncy turns out to need an IL stint.

Because despite Beaty’s skill at the plate and at first base, and despite Taylor and Hernandez being capable of manning second base even in an extended absence scenario, Lux is the only Dodger who could potentially hit righties and hit lefties and play a solid defensive second base.

In fact, he may even do a better job than Muncy himself on the defensive side.

The only downside would be breaking up the team’s chemistry in the locker room. Giving Lux the second base job could hurt the confidence of Beaty, Hernandez, and Taylor, all three of whom will be necessary this October. In my opinion, Lux should only be brought in if Muncy hits the IL. Otherwise, the platoon trio mentioned above should do the trick.

But what about against southpaws? What combination will work best then?

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