LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have already faced a ton of left-handed starters this season, but Monday begins a stretch of three southpaws in three days to finish off their homestand.
The only team in the majors to face more lefty starters than the Dodgers (six) is the Astros (seven), but with Robbie Ray starting for the Diamondbacks on Monday followed by Kyle Freeland and Tyler Anderson for the Rockies, the Dodgers will end up facing a lefty in nine of their first 16 games.
They are 2-4 to date in their six games against southpaw starters.
Logan Forsythe tested his right hamstring by running in the outfield before batting practice under the watchful eyes of team trainers, and is back in the starting lineup, leading off and playing second base.
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He left Saturday’s game after four innings with tightness in his right hamstring, and didn’t play Sunday.
“I gave him every opportunity to get another day, but he was confident he could go,” manager Dave Roberts said.
Rob Segedin, just called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, gets the start at first base. Adrian Gonzalez is just getting a day off, Roberts said, which is convenient since Gonzalez is 0-for-11 against Ray.
Kiké Hernandez gets the call in center field. He’s 5-for-13 (.385) with a home run, a triple, a double and two walks against Ray. Scott Van Slyke gets the start in left field, his third start of the year, but first in left field.
Yasiel Puig bats cleanup, and is the only Dodger to start every game this season. He’s off to a hot start, hitting .326/.426/.674. Puig leads the Dodgers in home runs (four), RBI (11), walks (nine) and even stolen bases (two).
He is also 5-for-14 (.357) with a home run and two walks against Ray.