There will be lots of right-handed batters for both the Dodgers and the Giants in Friday night’s series opener, with a pair of left-handed starting pitchers on the mound at AT&T Park.
Madison Bumgarner starts for the Giants, and the Dodgers lineup features just one left-handed batter among their position players — shortstop Corey Seager, who got an off day on Thursday in San Diego.
Against southpaw Rich Hill for the Dodgers, the Giants have two lefties in their lineup, with first baseman Brandon Belt batting second and shortstop Brandon Crawford batting sixth.
Usually the Dodgers go with their regular first baseman and shortstop regardless of handedness of the opposing pitcher, but with the division wrapped up Adrian Gonzalez gets a second straight night out of the lineup, with Rob Segedin instead starting at first base.
Gonzalez started the previous four games this season against Bumgarner, going 4-for-11 (.364) with four singles and three RBI. Counting tonight’s lineup, the Dodgers in five games against Bumgarner started a total of eight left-handed batters out of a possible 40 position players.
Yasmani Grandal also gets a second straight game off, with Carlos Ruiz starting at catcher.
Kiké Hernandez starts in center field, Yasiel Puig in right field, and Charlie Culberson starts at second base, with Howie Kendrick in left field.
Newcomer Gordon Beckham gets the start at third base for the Giants, and Gorkys Hernandez starts in center field batting leadoff.