Lux Visits Home in Brewers Series – Recap: April 26 – May 2
After missing some time due to a sore wrist, Lux made his way back to game action last week. He struggled at the plate and didn’t seem to keep up with the fastballs from most pitchers. He looked better as the week went on, and that’s all we can really hope for with Lux right now. Lux visited (close to) home during the Brewers series and had several friends and family on hand to cheer him on.
In his first game back from the IL, Lux was back at second base and slotted in the seventh spot in the lineup. He grounded out in his first at-bat but singled in his second AB, driving home the Dodgers’ first run of the game. He struck out swinging at a pitch basically at his eyes in his third at-bat and swung through a curveball in his final AB of the game.
Lux got the start in the next game and struggled at the plate. He struck out on a slider in his first at-bat against Hoffman. His next AB against he got a changeup on the outside of the plate and grounded out to third. In the sixth, he had a chance to break up the tie with runners on second and third with nobody out. All Lux needed to do was get the ball in the air, and he would’ve had himself an RBI. Instead, he struck out on a sinker that was left almost in a very hittable location for Lux. He finished his day with a pop-out to third.
On Wednesday, Lux made his second start of the season at short. While his bat has been cold, he continues to be one of the best defensive players in baseball, according to Baseball Savant. This was another game Lux didn’t have much going for him at the plate. He flew out to right in his first AB. He went down looking at called strike three his next two times at the plate. Both strike three calls looked to be the right call on Statcast. He flew out again in his fourth AB and drew a walk in his final plate appearance of the game.
Gavin Lux vs. Brewers
Lux got the night off with lefty Eric Lauer on the mound for the Brewers.
With the team in Milwaukee (about 40 miles from Lux’s hometown Kenosha,) I thought this might be the perfect time for Lux to get going at the plate. He said he had about 20 tickets for family and friends for the games, according to David Vassegh on Twitter. After getting last night off, Lux was batting eighth in the lineup, playing second base. In his first AB, he went down swinging on a fastball right off the plate. His second at-bat ended in a strikeout as well, but I liked this AB from Lux. After started the at-bat 0-2, Lux watched two balls before fouling off four straight to stay alive. He was rung up on a bad call that was low and out of the zone. For the first time all night, he wasn’t swinging through pitches, and he got called up on a bad call. He flew out in his third time to the plate, and that would end his night against the Brewers.
Lux didn’t find much success in the Brewers series through the first two games. He came up in the second inning and flew out to center in his first AB. In the fourth, he came up with a runner on first and grounded out to second. In his final AB, before being removed from the game in a double switch, he struck out swinging with a runner on second to end the inning.
It took until the final game of the series, but Lux finally saw some success at the plate. He came up in the first inning and worked a six-pitch walk to reach base for the first time since his final AB against the Reds. He led off the third inning with a line drive base hit to right field. This was his first hit since Monday when he was activated off the IL. He grounded out in his following two times to the plate. In his final at-bat of the game, he hit a grounder to first base but beat Vogelbach to the bag picking up his second hit, driving in Beaty, making it a 16-1 game.
Lux has looked overmatched at the plate since returning from the IL. He’s late on fastballs and swinging at breaking pitches out of the zone. I’ve been Lux’s biggest supporter, but I’m going to need to see some more from him this following week. In the final game of the series against the Brewers, he picked up his first multi-hit game since the second game of the season. I’m hoping this will give Lux some confidence heading into Chicago. Brewers have a much better pitching staff, so the Cubs should be a much easier matchup for Lux to build on.
R: 0 (4)
Hits: 3 (12)
RBI: 2 (7)
AB: 22 (63)
BB: 2 (4)
2B: 0 (0)
3B: 0 (2)
HR: 0 (0)
SB: 0 (1)
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