Dodgers: 3 surprising stars who got LAD back on track after Opening Day

Adam Weinrib
DENVER, CO - APRIL 4: Starting pitcher Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers to home plate during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 4, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 4: Starting pitcher Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers to home plate during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 4, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – APRIL 2: Gavin Lux #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats during the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 2, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

1. Gavin Lux

After a lost 2020 season (yes, he really was supposed to be a part of last year’s lineup, too), Gavin Lux fought hard for a starting job in spring training, and is making the most of it thus far.

Through four games, it doesn’t only look like the Dodgers have another infield standout. It appears they have an All-Star who’ll reach out and grab the bulk of the playing time at the position.

A rejuvenated Lux led the way from the bottom of the lineup, hitting .375 with a pair of triples in the team’s opening series in Colorado, cementing the idea that this lineup can turn over 1-through-9 with the very best of them.

Perhaps most important here is Lux’s personal journey. From the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball to persona non grata last season when he hit a wimpy .175 in a 19-game cameo, Lux took it upon himself to show off his power, speed and poise — especially after Los Angeles dropped their depressing and out-of-whack opener.

Needing to pick up his team and prove himself, Lux went 4-for-12 during the team’s three wins, rocking both triples and taking a walk.

If and when this team is contending to set records midway through the season, please remember how integral Lux was in waking them up from their Game 1 doldrums. Through one series, the kid is looking absolutely relentless.

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