The Marlins are starting a left-hander in Justin Nicolino on Wednesday night, but the Dodgers are relying on left-handers Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager in the lineup in the third game of a four-game series at Dodger Stadium.
That those two are in the lineup isn't really much of a surprise, since they will likely be the Dodgers' top two players in games played and plate appearances this season. Both already sat once this series against a lefty, on Monday night, though each entered later as a reserve.
Seager has sat three times against left-handed starters this season, but the other two games were against the same pitcher, Madison Bumgarner.
Wednesday marks Seager's third start against a southpaw this season. In his young career, Seager has hit .295/.371/.508 against left-handed pitchers in 70 plate appearances.
In center field, there has been a strict platoon to date, with Joc Pederson starting against all 16 right-handed starting pitchers so far, and Trayce Thompson getting his sixth start on Wednesday, all against left-handed pitchers.
A.J. Ellis has started at catcher all six times the Dodgers have faced a lefty starter this season, including Wednesday night.
Kiké Hernandez has also started against every left-handed pitcher the Dodgers have faced this season, again batting leadoff on Wednesday and playing left field. Hernandez is 8-for-15 (.533) with two home runs, two doubles and four walks against lefties this season.
With the southpaw on the mound on Wednesday, Chase Utley gets his second night of rest in three days, after starting 15 of the first 19 games of the season. Howie Kendrick gets the call at second base, his fourth start at his natural position, to go along with three starts this year at third base and five in left field.
Nicolino was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start on Wednesday for Miami, who optioned pitcher Nick Wittgren back to New Orleans.
The Dodgers will face one more left-handed starting pitcher on the homestand, with Drew Pomeranz getting the start on Sunday for the Padres.