For Bellinger, it his first time in 20 games since joining the Dodgers that he isn’t starting. His 19 straight starts to open his career is the sixth-most since the franchise moved west to Los Angeles in 1958.
Seager started 36 of the Dodgers’ first 39 games, including each of the last 13 games. Counting Tuesday’s non-start, Seager is on pace for 146 starts this season, three fewer than he had last season.
Justin Turner got a night off on Monday after starting 13 games in a row as well.
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Manager Dave Roberts last week addressed the issue of resting his regulars.
“That’s tough to do, to take Corey Seager out of the lineup or JT. But with the depth we have, you have to keep the guys current. And also try to take the long view, and keep Corey and all of these guys healthy,” Roberts said. “I’ve still got to find a way, as tough as it is, to give these guys a day.
“Anyone who has been around or organization, our team, at any point in time in the last couple years, understands how we value depth over the course of 162 games. The nucleus of guys who have been here, they’re all in. I tip my cap to all these guys.”
Kike Hernandez starts at shortstop on Tuesday, and Scott Van Slyke starts at first base, for the latter his first start since getting recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City last Wednesday.
For Hernandez, it’s his first career start batting cleanup.
Austin Barnes starts at catcher, which could have been foreseen with the day game Wednesday following the night game. He and Yasmani Grandal figured to split these two games anyway, so starting the right-handed Barnes on Tuesday gets him a game against the left-handed Ty Blach.