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Player of the series: AJ Pollock

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Pollock homers twice and drives in six in return to lineup

Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

The reports from the minors were not encouraging as A.J. Pollock had gone 0-for-12 with five strikeouts in his first four rehab games with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. In his last at-bat in his fifth rehab game, Pollock homered.

The next time Pollock wore a baseball uniform was this past Friday at Fenway Park. He would proceed to get at least one hit in every game this weekend.

Pollock went 6-for-14 with two home runs and six RBI. He was the offense on Sunday as his three-run homer and RBI single had staked the Dodgers to their two-run lead.

It will be interesting how the Dodgers use Pollock this week as the Dodgers are scheduled to face seven right-handed starting pitchers in their series against the Phillies and Marlins.

While the Dodgers have insisted Pollock will not be a platoon player, his 2019 splits suggest a look at that even though the sample sizes are fairly small.

In 79 plate appearances against right-handed pitching, Pollock is hitting .190/.258/.329 with two home runs and 21 strikeouts. Against left-handed pitching, Pollock is hitting .368/.415/.526 in 38 plate appearances.

This season, the Dodgers platoon splits are different than they were in 2018:

  • Going into Sunday’s game, the Dodgers had an overall 54%-46% split vs. right-handed pitching, with left-handed batters facing them a little more than right-handed batters
  • So far in 2019, against left-handed pitching, the Dodgers have had a 57%-43% split of right-handed batters and left-handed batters facing left-handed pitching
  • In 2018, the Dodgers when facing right-handed pitching had a split of 53%-47% with right-handed batters facing same-side pitching a little more often than left-handed batters
  • In 2018, the Dodgers had a 76%-24% split of facing left-handed pitching with right-handed batters going up over three times more often than left-handed pitching