Dodgers: Julio Urías spotted showing up Gavin Lux after effort on bloop
By Adam Weinrib
With just two rest days between his game-ending relief appearance Sunday night and an uninspiring start Wednesday, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Julio Urías is reasonably a bit unsettled.
Unfortunately, he was caught by the cameras unleashing some of that frustration on semi-center fielder Gavin Lux after allowing a bloop single that extended the Atlanta Braves’ lead to 4-0.
While it’s no secret why Urías is back on the mound just a few days after his high-profile implosion, the story of Lux in center runs a bit deeper. If not for Max Muncy’s ill-timed injury, the red-hot Cody Bellinger would likely be manning the position.
Instead, Dave Roberts showed faith in Lux for Game 4, placing him back in the line of fire after a crucial dropped fly ball at the wall helped throw Game 3 temporarily off its axis.
Should this ball have been caught? We’ve certainly seen better breaks in our day.
Dodgers “center fielder” Gavin Lux let a ball drop, and Julio Urías wasn’t happy.
Tensions are no doubt running high early, and though Urías wishes his emotions hadn’t been captured and will likely apologize, he was stuck in the loneliest spot on the diamond. There’s no running and hiding on the mound.
The electric Lux ended the season scintillating, leading Roberts to believe he’d found a nice solution to his Muncy-less lineup and defense. Unfortunately, the hot bat hasn’t translated to the postseason; he’s hitting just .231 (with a .412 OBP) in 13 at-bats.
The defense, now, is rearing its ugly head as well. Lux is lightning quick, but lacks the instincts necessary to start in center field in the playoffs. On Wednesday, he didn’t seem to have a concept of when to pull up. Earlier in the season, it was an inability to hold back, as evidenced by the Lux-shaped tape outline that ended up on the outfield wall.
On Tuesday night, Walker Buehler had a much different reaction to the previous Lux mishap following the game. Winning really does change the narrative, right?
It’s been quite an eventful postseason for the youngster, from close call wind-destroyed home run bids to fielding misadventures at an unfamiliar position. Ideally, he’ll do more to justify his manager’s faith (and to calm his teammates’ tempers) in the rest of this series.