Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
Since my dad died last Thursday, this is my first article in a week.
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their seven-game winning streak when they beat the New York Mets 4-to-1.
Despite having three out of the last four games bullpen contests, the relievers have performed amazingly well. What Mitch White did Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates helped his fellow relievers to survive until Julio Urìas returns from the IL.
The addition of Trea Turner has helped the defense on the infield. Although the Dodgers activated Gavin Lux, who injured his hamstring on July 18th in Denver, Tuesday, he has proved he was not a good defensive player. The Dodgers have wanted to make him a utility fielder, but he does not demonstrate the necessary skills to be a good defensive player.
Tuesday Lux played third base and made it an adventure. His footwork was poor and made several questionable plays. Wednesday Lux played second base and displayed limited range. If his offensive production was good, the Dodgers can handle Lux’s subpar defense. Lux’s batting average is .222 with six homers and an OPS of .645.
The last six days Max Muncy has been on a tear, and twice, he has blasted two homers in a game. Wednesday, the crowd chanted “M-V-P!” when Muncy came to bat. With the San Diego Padres’ rapid decline, Muncy should be the National League MVP candidate.
Throughout the season, baseball-knowledgeable people have criticized the Dodgers for their reliance on the home run ball and inability to score. Thursday, the Dodgers manufactured four runs on AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor’s ground outs, Billy McKinney’s double, and Trea Turner’s single.
Now the Dodgers trailed the San Francisco Giants by 2½ games.