Thursday afternoon is the sixth game for Curtis Granderson with the Dodgers. He’s batting second in the series finale against the Pirates, his fifth different spot in the batting order since joining his new team.
As someone with 14 years of major league experience, Granderson has batted everywhere in the lineup in his career. He has at least 30 starts at every spot in the order, and in 2017 alone has started at least once at every spot except ninth.
Thursday is his 272nd career start batting second, his second-most frequent spot in the lineup.
|LF||Granderson (L)||RF||Frazier (L)|
|C||Grandal (S)||1B||Bell (S)|
Granderson has batted leadoff in roughly half — 861 of 1,625 — of his career starts, including Sunday in Detroit. Since joining the Dodgers on Saturday, Granderson has batted fifth, first, fourth, fourth, third, and now second.
He is 1-for-2 against Pirates starter Chad Kuhl.
Corey Seager gets a rest day on getaway day, after starting the last 35 consecutive games.
Kiké Hernandez getting the start at shortstop on his 26th birthday, his 12th start at the position this season. The versatile utility man has also started 16 times in center field, 13 times in right, eight times at third base, six times in left field, and twice each at second base and first base.
Yasmani Grandal bats cleanup for the 10th time this season. He has a six-game hitting streak.
Notable Pirates against Hyun-jin Ryu include third baseman David Freese — 4-for-8 with a double against him -- and shortstop Jordy Mercer, who is 3-for-6 with a double.