The Dodgers switched a few things up with their lineup, with Joc Pederson moving up to sixth in the batting order and Yasiel Puig dropped to seventh against the Mets on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
It is the fourth start of the year for Pederson batting sixth, but for Puig he is hitting seventh for just the third time in his career, and the first time since Sept. 9, 2014. It is the lowest Puig has ever hit in a major league lineup.
Puig is down to just .223/.285/.383 on the season, thanks to a 12-for-78 (.154) skid that has produced a .434 OPS in his last 21 games.
Pederson is hitting .275/.379/.563, leading the Dodgers in home runs (six), slugging percentage, OPS and wOBA (.398), with three of his home runs coming in his last four starts.
Those maneuvers have Carl Crawford batting eighth for the second time this season, and the second time in the last three games. It is the 10th start of the year for Crawford in left field, where the Dodgers have really felt the absence of Andre Ethier.
Kiké Hernandez has started 11 games in left, Howie Kendrick six times, and Trayce Thompson and Scott Van Slyke three times each, in addition to Crawford.
The left fielders as a group are hitting .223/.293/.388 on the season. They started off hot, peaking with Hernandez homering twice and doubling against Madison Bumgarner on April 15. But since then, the tax has been paid to the tune of 10-for-80 (.125) with a double, a triple and eight walks (.188 on-base percentage).
Against right-handed pitching this season, left fielders have hit .209/.269/.314, and this is where Ethier's fractured tibia has really been felt. Ethier is a career .304/.383/.507 hitter against right-handers, including .306/.383/.517 in 2015.
Against Mets starter Jacob deGrom, Pederson is 0-for-6 with three walks, Crawford is 0-for-6 with two walks, and Puig is 1-for-6 with a home run.