A combination of facing a left-hander, a day game after a night game, a five-game division lead with 14 to play, and having the showdown series with San Francisco one day away means the Dodgers have a different lineup in their series finale against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Yasiel Puig gets a start, his fifth start in five games with a left-handed pitcher facing the Dodgers. Today, that is Robbie Ray for Arizona, against whom Puig homered on Sept. 7 at Dodger Stadium.
Puig, in right field and batting cleanup on Sunday, has started once in the 11 games against right-handed starting pitchers since his return from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Other right-handed bats in the Dodgers lineup on Sunday include Rob Segedin at first base for Adrian Gonzalez, Charlie Culberson at second base for Chase Utley, and Kiké Hernandez starting in center field in place of Joc Pederson.
Austin Barnes gets the call at catcher, giving Yasmani Grandal the chance to rest his sore elbow for a second straight day. This is the first time Grandal is out of the lineup in consecutive games since July 6-7.
With this lineup and Jose De Leon on the mound for the Dodgers, they have a lineup featuring a combination of players that started together for Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier in the year. Of this group, four times did a quartet from Sunday’s lineup start in the same game for Oklahoma City — June 25 and July 15 (Segedin, Culberson, Barnes, De Leon), and Aug. 12 and 17 (Puig, Culberson, Barnes, De Leon).