Adrian Gonzalez was heating up for the Dodgers heading into the All-Star break after some rest. Now, after four whole days off he looks to continue that heading into one his favorite hitting parks against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Gonzalez in his career has hit .326/.404/.606 with 21 home runs, 15 doubles and 64 RBI in 77 career games in Arizona, though in 2016 he's only 1-for-12 (.083) with six strikeouts and a walk in his three games at Chase Field.
On the season, Gonzalez was down to .264/.337/.372 after the Dodgers' series in Pittsburgh ended on June 27. But in those final two games against the Pirates, Gonzalez didn't start either game, taking a mental break after struggling with his swing.
The break was relative as Gonzalez entered each game as a reserve and totaled three plate appearances, but after that series ended he has been ridiculously productive, hitting .455/.554/.659 (20-for-44) with six doubles, a home run, 10 walks, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in 13 games.
Gonzalez has reached base by hit or walk in all 13 games, with only three strikeouts in 56 plate appearances during that span.
The other first baseman in this series has been on fire in his own right, with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .355/.410/.595 with 18 extra-base hits in his last 30 games.
Trayce Thompson is out of the lineup for the first time in 21 games against a left-handed starter in 2016. Scott Van Slyke gets the call in center field.
That opens up left field for Howie Kendrick, giving Chris Taylor a start at second base as the Dodgers go heavily right-handed.
Arizona backup catcher Chris Herrmann, hitting .291/.353/.511 in 52 games this season, starts in left field on Friday night. It's his sixth start in the outfield in 2016, including starts at each position.
Patrick Corbin bats eighth for the Diamondbacks, the seventh time in seven games against the Dodgers this season that Arizona's pitcher has batted eighth. It is the 17th time the Dodgers have faced a team with a pitcher batting eighth this season.