The Dodgers will face either one or two left-handed starting pitchers in the remainder of their season. How they fare against the first one will go a long way in determining whether the second even gets to pitch again.
Ryan Yarbrough is on the mound to start things for the Rays in Game 4 of the World Series, giving the Dodgers another chance at a left-handed pitcher, which they have handled with aplomb as the season wore on.
After a slow start, the Dodgers ended with a 113 wRC+ against lefties, their best mark during the run of eight straight division titles. During the postseason, the Dodgers have hit .289/.393/.550 against southpaws, and that includes getting mostly shut down by Blake Snell for almost five innings in Game 2.
Dodgers vs. LHP
The main producers for the Dodgers against lefties this postseason:
- Chris Taylor: 5-for-12, two doubles, homer, 1.295 OPS
- Corey Seager: 9-for-28, four homers, 1.105 OPS
- Justin Turner: 8-for-23, three doubles, homer, 1,093 OPS
- Kiké Hernández 3-for-9, two homers, walk, 1.000 OPS
- Max Muncy: 7-for-25, three doubles, homer, nine walks, .991 OPS
- Will Smith: 7-for-22, double, homer, .923 OPS
- Mookie Betts: 5-for-20, two doubles, homer, .900 OPS
Seager’s four home runs and eight RBI against southpaws lead MLB during these playoffs.
Yarbrough pitched in relief in Game 1, allowing two singles — to Taylor and Hernández — in his four batters faced. But he’s otherwise been stretched out, lasting five innings in each of his previous playoff starts this season.
During his three-year career, Yarbrough hasn’t had discernible splits, with right-handers hitting .247/.296/.400 against him and lefties hitting .223/.297/.381.