Arizona tops the National League and ranks second in the majors with 5.5 runs per game, fueling their 7-3 start. Paul Goldschmidt hasn’t gone full Goldschmidt yet, but is still hitting .270/.386/.514. The two regulars off to the hottest starts are Jake Lamb (.342/.419/.632, six extra-base hits, 10 RBI) and Yasmany Tomas (.323/.364/.613, six extra-base hits).
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Lamb, a left-handed batter, is out of the lineup on Friday against Clayton Kershaw.
Daniel Descalso, also a left-hander who is 2-for-8 with two walks in his career against Kershaw, gets the start at third base for Arizona.
Jeremy Hazelbaker, who played in the Dodgers’ minor league system in 2014 and 2015, is 6-for-8 with a double and two walks in limited duty so far, hitting a robust .750/.800/.875 in the early going.
The Diamondbacks also rank second in the majors with 11 steals in 13 attempts. Chris Owings leads the way with four stolen bases.
The Dodgers are using their usual lineup against right-handed pitchers, with Andrew Toles in left field and leading off, Logan Forsythe batting fifth, and Yasiel Puig hitting eighth.