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Joc Pederson starts against LHP Jon Lester in Dodgers opener with Cubs

2nd start in 4 games vs. LHP for Pederson

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers face a left-hander in Jon Lester on Monday night, but all but one of the left-handed regulars are starting against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The right-handed Franklin Gutierrez gets the start in left field, the one position at which the Dodgers have a true platoon. But also starting on Monday are the left-handed Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez.

Lester is the fourth left-handed pitcher the Dodgers have faced in eight games, and this marks the second start for Pederson against a southpaw, after just nine starts in 46 such games in 2016.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Cubs
Pos Dodgers Pos Cubs
2B Forsythe LF Schwarber (L)
SS Seager (L) 3B Bryant
3B Turner 1B Rizzo (L)
LF Gutierrez RF Zobrist (S)
RF Puig SS Russell
1B Gonzalez (L) C Contreras
C Grandal (S) CF Heyward (L)
CF Pederson (L) 2B Baez
P Wood (L) P Lester (L)
Time: 5:05 p.m. PT TV: ESPN

In 2016, Pederson didn’t start his second game against a left-hander until June 1, his 13th opportunity. The opposing pitcher that night was Lester, against whom Pederson is 1-for-8 (.125) in his career.

Gutierrez has faced Lester more than any other Dodger, and is 6-for-25 (.240) with two home runs in his career against him, with one walk and 12 strikeouts, though just three of those plate appearances have come after 2012.

Gonzalez enters Monday on a six-game season-opening hit streak — in his one non-start, on Friday, Gonzalez walked in his only plate appearance, which doesn’t count against the hit streak — and is hitting .350 (7-for-20) in the early going with a .500 on-base percentage, including a team-best six walks.

Yasiel Puig, who snapped his six-game hitting streak with an 0-for-5 on Sunday, is hitting .425/.511/.700 with two home runs, three doubles, a triple, and six walks in 12 career games at Wrigley Field.

Puig is 1-for-9 (.111) with a walk against Lester, with no strikeouts.