LOS ANGELES — Adrian Gonzalez will play his first home game in 75 days on Friday night, and the Dodgers first baseman will do so facing a pitcher against whom he has had great success in Brewers starter Chase Anderson.
Gonzalez is 8-for-15 (.533) against Anderson in his career, with two doubles, a home run, five walks and just one strikeout. That includes 4-for-4 with two doubles in 2016.
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Among the 89 pitchers Gonzalez has faced in at least 20 plate appearances, his .650 on-base percentage against Anderson ranks first, and his .533 batting average ranks second only to the .550 (11-for-20) mark against Clayton Richard. Gonzalez’s .867 slugging percentage ranks third, behind only Homer Bailey (1.240) and Matt Belisle (.882).
Since returning from the disabled list on Friday, Gonzalez is 6-for-31 (.194) in seven games, and on Thursday hit his first home run during that span.
This is the first game at Dodger Stadium for Gonzalez since June 11 against Cincinnati.
Curtis Granderson is out of the starting lineup for the first time in seven games since joining the Dodgers, with Kiké Hernandez getting the start in left field.
Yasmani Grandal is just 3-for-17 lifetime against Anderson, but all three hits are home runs. Grandal has homered in consecutive games, and in four of his last eight games.