Spring Training Begins with a Questionable Second Baseman

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Today was the first day of spring training. For the first time in recent memory, the Los Angeles Dodgers are coming into the season as favorites to win the 2021 World Series.

Obviously, the Dodgers enter spring training without many questions. This team should have the best starting rotation that baseball fans have seen in many decades. If the Dodgers will add either Dustin May or Tony Gonsolin to the bullpen, they will have the best bullpen in Major League Baseball during 2021.

Offensively, the Dodgers will have a fierce lineup. If Cody Bellinger recovers from offseason shoulder surgery well, he will be a potent bat in the lineup. When the Dodgers re-signed Justin Turner, the team will be less susceptible to left-handed pitching.

After watching the 2020 World Series, everyone knows the Dodgers have a terrific defense. While Turner has lost a step at third base, he still is a good third baseman because he has outstanding baseball instincts. The Dodger outfield – Mookie Betts, Bellinger, and AJ Pollock – is the best in Major League Baseball.

Unlike in 2020, the Dodgers do not have a backup plan for second baseman if Gavin Lux doesn’t perform well during spring training. When Lux demonstrated he could neither throw accurately to second base nor hit well during the 2020 season, the Dodgers could put Kiké Hernández at second base. Now, Hernández is a member of the Boston Red Sox.

While the Dodgers could put either Max Muncy or Chris Taylor at second base if Lux doesn’t perform well during 2021 spring training, this will weaken the Dodger defense. Matt Beaty can play first base, but he isn’t as good defensively at first as Muncy. Taylor is the Dodger utility fielder so that Dave Roberts will put him into the game at any point.

To me, President Andrew Friedman might trade for a veteran second baseman if Lux doesn’t perform well during spring training.

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