The Dodgers switched things up a bit in their lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS, with Joc Pederson starting in left field and Edwin Ríos deemed healthy enough to start, against Braves right-hander Kyle Wright.
Ríos, who missed the NLDS with a groin injury and didn’t appear in the first two games of this series, starts at third base in Game 3, with Justin Turner the designated hitter. A.J. Pollock sits, the first time in eight postseason games the Dodgers strayed from their usual eight regulars in the lineup.
Wright has pitched in parts of three seasons in the majors, but hasn’t yet faced the Dodgers. Only two current Dodgers have ever faced him, with Pollock and Mookie Betts both 0-for-1 in 2018, with the Diamondbacks and Red Sox, respectively.
NLCS Game 3 lineups
|1B||Freeman (L)||SS||Seager (L)|
|3B||Camargo (S)||3B||Ríos (L)|
In Wright’s career, all of 19 games, left-handers have hit him to the tune of .305/.406/.576, while right-handers are .213/.338/.378 against him.
The Dodgers are hitting .242/.347/.383 this postseason, the lowest slugging percentage of the four remaining teams. Their 22.8-percent strikeout rate is the second-lowest among the remaining teams, though it’s up to 28.9 percent in the first two games of the NLCS.
With the left-handed Julio Urías starting for the Dodgers, the Braves made a lineup change. Switch-hitter Johan Camargo, who was added to the roster on Tuesday after Adam Duvall got hurt, starts at third base, with Austin Riley moving from third to left field. Nick Markakis, a left-handed batter, sits.
Camargo in his career is a .286/.337/.506 hitter against left-handers, a 119 wRC+, compared to .250/.311/.398, an 86 wRC+ against righties. He hasn’t really hit anyone this season, hitting .200/.244/.367 overall in 127 plate appearances. Camargo has never faced Urías.
Urías has only pitched four career innings against Atlanta, over two relief appearances in 2019. The active Braves on the roster for this NLCS are a combined 0-for-13 against him, with two walks (by Marcell Ozuna and Ozzie Albies).