So far this season the Dodgers are averaging 3.25 runs per game on the road, hitting just .231/.309/.351. Which has contributed to their 4-8 record away from home.
At Dodger Stadium, for comparison, the Dodgers are 6-4, averaging 5.2 runs per game while hitting .259/.356/.441.
There are only a handful of Dodgers with even an .800 OPS on the road in the small sample of this season to date, but all of them are in the lineup today.
|SS||Seager (L)||LF||Belt (L)|
|P||Urias (L)||P||Moore (L)|
Austin Barnes is 4-for-9 (.444) with two doubles, a triple, and a walk. He starts at catcher in the series finale, giving Yasmani Grandal a day off with the day game after a night game.
Kiké Hernandez is 4-for-16 with a home run, a double, and two walks, hitting .250/.333/.500. He starts in center field against southpaw Giants starter Matt Moore.
Fellow right-hander Chris Taylor gets the call at second base on Thursday. He’s 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run and a walk on the road so far.
Corey Seager has anchored the Dodgers lineup so far, and was 2-for-5 with a home run on Wednesday night. On the road this season, he is hitting .341/.396/.614 with three home runs and eight RBI in 12 games.
Justin Turner has a 12-game hitting streak going, including a 3-for-5 night Wednesday. He’s hitting .341/.408/.409 on the road this season, with three of his National League-leading nine doubles.
Who’s on first?
The other lineup change on Thursday is Scott Van Slyke getting the call at first base, the fifth time in 23 games that Adrian Gonzalez isn’t starting. Gonzalez is hitting .250/.333/.319 on the season with five doubles and no home runs.
Manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that the elbow tendinitis Gonzalez dealt with during spring training has been an issue, but not enough to send Gonzalez to the first disabled list stint of his career.
Dave Roberts he also sees improvement in Adrian Gonzalez's swing especially putting the ball in the air more.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) April 27, 2017
Roberts added managing his right elbow has been a big part of his improvement. #SVS will start tomorrow vs LHP Moore.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) April 27, 2017
Roberts said there has been no conversation about putting Gonzo on DL because he isn't hurting the team and it's a "nagging" injury.— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) April 27, 2017
Gonzalez started 148 games in 2016, tied for his fewest starts in the last 11 seasons, and didn’t sit for a fifth time last year until May 20, the Dodgers’ 43rd game.
In each of the first four times Gonzalez didn’t start in 2017, he ended up playing at some point anyway. He is one of three Dodgers to play all 22 games this season, along with Seager and Yasiel Puig.
Time: 12:45 p.m. PT
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