The Dodgers have their regular lineup against right-handed pitching, and one that is due for an outburst at some point this offseason. Here are notes on each player heading into Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.
Chase Utley, who drove in the winning run in Game 3 of the NLDS, walked and scored the tying run in the eighth inning in Game 1 of the NLCS. He is 3-for-17 (.176) with two walks and a hit by pitch (.300 on-base percentage) this postseason.
Corey Seager is 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double in the first inning in thee playoffs, but 0-for-22 afterward.
Justin Turner was 1-for-4 in Game 1 of the NLCS, the first time in 11 career postseason starts that he didn’t reach base at least twice. He is 7-for-19 (.368) this postseason with two HBP and five walks (.538 OBP). At the moment, Turner’s career 1.221 OPS is the highest in the postseason with a minimum of 30 plate appearances.
Adrian Gonzalez drove in the tying runs in Game 1 of the NLCS, the seventh time in 25 postseason games with the Dodgers that he has knocked home two runs. He has a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .250 (6-for-25) with a home runs and one walk (.280 OBP) this postseason.
Both Turner and Gonzalez have homered against Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs’ Game 2 starter. Both home runs came on June 24, 2015, at Wrigley Field. Turner, 2-for-7 with a walk, is the only Dodger with more than one career hit against Hendricks.
Josh Reddick was the only one of the Dodgers’ 13 position players who didn’t play on Saturday night. Reddick was 4-for-15 (.267) with a walk (.313 OBP) so far in these playoffs.
Joc Pederson singled in Game 1, giving him a five-game hitting streak. He is 6-for-19 (.316) with a home run, a double, two walks and a hit by pitch (.409 OBP) this postseason.
Yasmani Grandal was 0-for-2 as a reserve in Game 1 and has struggled mightily this postseason, going 2-for-18 (.111) with three walks (.238 OBP). Grandal has come to the plate with a total of 16 runners on base this postseason but has no RBI thanks in large part to going 0-for-7 with a walk, four strikeouts and a double play.
Andrew Toles starts for the fifth time this postseason — every time the Dodgers have faced a righht-hander — after singling and scoring as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of Game 1, followed by an RBI double in the ninth. Toles is 4-for-11 (.364) with two hit by pitches (.462 OBP).
The one change in the Cubs’ starting eight is Willson Contreras starting at catcher. Against left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the left-handed Jason Heyward moves down in the order from sixth to eighth on Sunday.