The Dodgers look to rebound from Tuesday's loss, sending Clayton Kershaw to the mound against Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in a battle of aces at AT&T Park. Left-handed hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson get their first day off of the season on Wednesday night.
Chris Heisey, who was recalled before Wednesday's game, gets the start in center field, giving Pederson his first game off in the young season against the tough southpaw in Bumgarner.
The right-handed Heisey has never faced Bumgarner, and even has a bit of a reverse platoon split in his career, hitting.259/.310/.429 against right-handed pitchers and .221/.273/.405 against lefties.
"In the minor leagues I was always way better against left-handed pitchers. I can't explain it other than just not seeing as many of them," Heisey said during spring training. "I still feel very confident against lefties. When I hear the numbers, I'm sometimes surprised they aren't better."
Scott Van Slyke makes his fourth start of the season, getting the call in left field against Bumgarner, just the second left-handed starting pitcher the Dodgers will have faced in 14 games this season. Van Slyke is 4-for-13 (.308) with a double and four walks against Bumgarner, and is 6-for-13 (.462) with four extra-base hits in limited duty so far this season.
Justin Turner, 6-for-18 (.333) with two home runs, two doubles and a walk against Bumgarner, gets the start at first base, giving Gonzalez his first game off this season. Gonzalez is off to a scorching start (.442/.508/.885) but is also 0-for-8 with a walk in his last two games.
Couple that with Thursday's day game after a night game, and Gonzalez's 4-for-35 (.114) mark against Bumgarner, there aren't many games more ideal for Gonzalez to get a rare day off.
Justin Maxwell, who homered, tripled and made a great sliding catch in foul territory in right field on Tuesday night, starts his second straight game for the Giants, even though the right-hander is 0-for-10 with six strikeouts and two walks against Kershaw in his career.
Joaquin Arias, 8-for-32 (.250) with a double against Kershaw, starts at third for the Giants, who also start left-handers Brandon Belt (3-for-27, 13 strikeouts, three walks and a double) and Brandon Crawford (1-for-17, six strikeouts) in the infield.