The Dodgers open up their post-break schedule with most of the usual suspects that propelled their run to the best record in baseball. Friday night against the Marlins features a heart of the order that has proved quite productive for the team.
Corey Seager bats second, per usual, followed by third baseman Justin Turner, with Cody Bellinger following at the cleanup spot. The first time Dave Roberts used those three in that order at the 2-3-4 spots was May 8.
Friday is the 25th such time those three have comprised the heart of the Dodgers order. In the previous 24 games, the club has averaged 6.29 runs per game and is 20-4 in those games.
The club is 52-18 since Bellinger’s call up to the majors on April 25.
This will be Bellinger’s 37th start batting cleanup this season, the most ever by a Dodger in his age-21 season or younger. The only one even close is Duke Snider, who batted cleanup 22 times as a 21-year-old in 1948.
Two Dodgers in Friday’s lineup have hit a home run against Marlins starter Dan Straily, though none this year. Yasmani Grandal homered against Straily last year, and Yasiel Puig did in 2014.