Justin Turner will start at designated hitter for the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night, one day after taking a ground ball off his calf.
Game 5 lineups
Turner was 0-for-3 with a walk in Game 4 on Saturday, and was replaced by pinch runner Charlie Culberson in the top of the ninth inning.
“[Turner] told me, just to keep an eye on him,” manager Dave Roberts said Saturday night. “Once he got to third base, I felt he went first to third and if there was a medium fly ball that Joc would hit or something like that, I didn’t want to push him too much, make sure he’s available for tomorrow, and don’t want to put him in harm’s way.”
Culberson remained in the game on defense at second base in the bottom of the frame, with Logan Forsythe shifting to third base. That’s the defensive alignment the Dodgers will start with in Game 5 against Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel.
Forsythe was 0-for-2 against Keuchel in Game 1, but is 2-for-7 (.286) with three walks in the World Series, good for a .500 on-base percentage. He has reached base 16 times in 34 plate appearances in the postseason, a .471 OBP.
Culberson is 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles, a triple and a home run this postseason, and has an extra-base hit in each one of his three starts. He didn’t face Keuchel in Game 1, but did have a pinch-hit home run in Game 2, one that Culberson celebrated while running the bases.
Dallas Keuchel: "Culberson acted like he won the World Series."— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) October 26, 2017
This is Culberson’s first start at second base this postseason, after three starts at shortstop in the NLCS.
The Dodgers did tweak the batting order a little bit, with Kiké Hernandez batting cleanup and Cody Bellinger hitting fifth. Bellinger started at least once at each of the first eight positions in the batting order during this season. This is his 10th start batting fifth.