Skip Schumaker streaking into form for Dodgers

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Schumaker, at 11 games, has the second longest hitting streak by a Dodger this season.

As the Dodgers try to complete the sweep of the Padres on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, they will have a red-hot Skip Schumaker at second base. Schumaker is the owner of an 11-game hitting streak, the third longest active streak in MLB.

Schumaker got off to a slow start, and on May 3 he was hitting just .119/.288/.143. But during his hitting streak he is hitting .417/.432/.472 (15-for-36) with two doubles, and over his last 25 games is hitting .354/.382/.431.

His strength has always been hitting right-handed pitching, as he entered the season batting .304 with a .359 on-base percentage against righties. After that quiet April, Schumaker is back up to .261 with a .340 OBP against right-handed pitchers this season, including .328/.381 since May 1.

The Dodgers have done their best to maximize their platoon advantage with Schumaker, as only 17 of his 120 plate appearances (14.2%) have come against southpaws this season.

Schumaker's hitting streak is just three games shy of the longest hitting streak this season by a Dodger, 14 games by Matt Kemp. Schumaker's career-best hitting streak is 12 games, set with St. Louis in 2009.

Schumaker is at second base on Wednesday against Jason Marquis in part because Mark Ellis is still dealing with soreness in his right groin. Ellis gingerly ran the bases in the fifth inning on Tuesday, advancing to third base on a double by Adrian Gonzalez, then scoring on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez, though Ellis didn't look comfortable doing so.

"He's just not 100%, and he's just staying under control, not doing more than your body is going to give you," manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday's game. "He's not 100%."

Notes

  • Something for Yasiel Puig to shoot for: per Elias, the last Dodger to open his career with three multi-hit games was Preston Ward, who went 2-for-5 in each of his first three career games from April 20-22, 1948.
  • Clayton Kershaw is 8-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 18 career starts against the Padres, though it's a bit worse against the Padres at Dodger Stadium at 5-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 11 home starts. Kershaw had his worst start of the season against San Diego on Apr. 17, allowing five runs in 5⅓ innings.
  • Don Matingly told reporters that Matt Guerrier would likely avoid the disabled list after getting hit on the right thumb, though the pitcher is likely unavailable Wednesday and possibly Thursday, per J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News.
  • The Dodgers are 9-3 in their last 12 home games.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

MLB Gameday

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