The Dodgers have won their last four regular season series against the Nationals, and to keep that streak alive have their work cut out for them, facing Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in a span of roughly 21 hours.
First things first, the Dodgers are back to their more normal lineup — if there is such a thing — with the right-handed Scherzer on the mound.
Despite the relative teeth-gnashing and wailing over Monday’s lineup — which seemed odd with Kiké Hernandez at first base — the only real surprise left-hander who sat against Gio Gonzalez was Cody Bellinger, and that was more of a day off than anything since Bellinger started every game but one since his call up.
|LF||Goodwin (L)||SS||Seager (L)|
|RF||Harper (L)||C||Grandal (S)|
|2B||Murphy (L)||LF||Bellinger (L)|
Bellinger doubled in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter but was stranded. He’s back in there on Tuesday night, batting fifth and playing left field. It’s Bellinger’s 40th game played and 38th start in 40 games since he joined the team from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Apr. 25.
Corey Seager also doubled on Monday, part of a three-hit night, his second of the season. It snapped a mini 1-for-14 slump for the shortstop, though that also included four walks in the previous two games.
Seager homered against Scherzer in Game 1 of the 2016 National League Division Series, his only hit in six at-bats against the right-hander.
The two veteran Dodgers who have faced Scherzer the most have very little success against him. Adrian Gonzalez is 6-for-32 (.188) with a double and two walks, and Chase Utley is 3-for-16 (.188) with two doubles and a walk.
Washington is using mostly the same lineup as Monday night, with one change. Brian Goodwin, a left-handed hitter, is starting in left field after Ryan Raburn got the call in Monday’s series opener.