As expected, Corey Seager sits on in the opener against the Padres on Friday after starting Thursday night in Anaheim, as manager Dave Roberts said would be the plan.
With a 6-1 lead on Thursday, Seager was able to exit in the seventh inning after getting four at-bats against the Angels in his first game back after missing five games with a strained hamstring.
Kiké Hernandez starts at shortstop for the Dodgers on Friday, batting second. He is one of eight right-handed hitters in the lineup against Padres left-hander Clayton Richard.
The lone lefty bat in the Dodgers lineup just happens to lead the league in home runs.
Cody Bellinger has only faced the Padres twice this season, both games in San Diego, and has three home runs against them. He has yet to play a game against the Padres without hitting a home run.
He enters Friday night with 13 home runs in June, two shy of the Dodgers franchise record for home runs in a month. Duke Snider in August 1953 hit two home runs on the final day of the month to give him 15. In June 1985, Pedro Guerrero hit one home run on June 30 to give him 15 for the month.
Justin Turner is 5-for-12 (.417) with a walk against Richard in his career. Yasiel Puig is 4-for-12 with a home run and a double, though just 1-for-6 this season.
Hunter Renfroe has 16 home runs in his rookie season for the Padres, but is otherwise having a rough go of things. The Padres’ first-round pick in 2013 is hitting .225/.285/.449 this season, and bats cleanup in right field on Friday night.
Renfroe, who debuted last September, is 11-for-35 (.314) with four home runs and 12 RBI in nine games against the Dodgers.