For the first time this week the Dodgers have a different starting lineup, facing left-handed starter Brandon Finnegan of the Reds on Saturday night.
Corey Seager gets a day off, as do Yasmani Grandal and Chase Utley.
The most expected absence from the lineup is right fielder Josh Reddick sitting. Not just for his 10-for-61 (.164) start with the Dodgers, but more that a left-hander is on the mound.
“He’s pressing a little bit,” manager Dave Roberts said Friday night, as seen on SportsNet LA. “We’ll give him a chance to watch a major league baseball game and reset.”
Reddick is a career .222/.286/.368 hitter against left-handed pitching, including .179/.247/.179 in 2016.
Reddick started each of the last 14 games for the Dodgers, including twice against left-handed pitchers.
Rob Segedin starts in right field on Saturday, one of four right-handers getting rare starts against Finnegan. Kiké Hernandez starts at second base, Chris Taylor stats at shortstop, and A.J. Ellis starts behind the plate
For Segedin, it is his first time in right field since July 25, 2012 with Double-A Trenton in the Yankees system. He played 66 games in right field between Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton in 2011-2012.
Grandal started the last five games and 10 of the last 11. He has started five straight games three times this season, but never more than four days in a row.
Grandal started the last four days after Monday’s off day. He also started each game from Aug. 7-10, the only two times he has started four consecutive days all season.
Joc Pederson gets the start in center field, his fifth start in 29 games against left-handed pitching this season.
Reds roster move
Cincinnati before Saturday’s game recalled old friend Jose Peraza from Triple-A Louisville, and optioned pitcher Keyvius Sampson to Triple-A. Peraza starts at shortstop on Saturday.
In 33 games with the Reds earlier this season, Peraza hit .250/.290/.284 in 93 plate appearances, and stole 10 bases in 11 attempts. The right-hander hit .281/.333/.375 with 15 doubles in 71 games in Triple-A this season, with 10 stolen bases in 17 attempts.