With right-hander Luis Perdomo starting for the Padres on Saturday, the Dodgers are back to their more standard lineup in the middle game against the Padres, including a slumping duo of Corey Seager and Justin Turner.
Seager is in an 0-for-19 slump since hitting a home run against the Cubs on Aug. 27, though with five walks during that span. He was also hit by a pitch twice on Monday in Colorado, including flush on the left wrist, and is 0-for-12 since that.
Turner is 4-for-30 with a walk and nine strikeouts in his last seven games.
But manager Dave Roberts said after Friday’s game that neither player’s swing showed any considerable difference of late.
Turner is 2-for-4 with a double and a hit by pitch against Perdomo. Seager is 3-for-9 against the rookie right-hander, with all singles.
The Dodgers have faced Perdomo four times in 2016, including one start, and are 25-for-61 against him with six doubles, a triple, and nine walks, hitting .410/.479/.541 against him.
San Diego starts rookie Ryan Schimpf at second base, enjoying one of the most unique seasons of all time. The left-hander has 16 home runs in 238 plate appearances, which is impressive enough, but that doesn’t capture the full extent of his power display.
Schmipf also has 13 doubles and five triples, hitting .234/.353/.594. His low batting average is thanks in part to having only 12 singles to go with his 34 extra-base hits. In baseball’s modern era, only one player in history with 100 plate appearances in a season has had extra-base hits account for 70 percent of his hits — J.R. Phillips, with 12 extra-base hits and five singles (70.6%) in 1996.
Schmipf so far is at 73.9%.