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Dodgers starting lineup for NLDS Game 1 vs. Padres

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Joc Pederson gets his first start of these playoffs, at DH batting 8th

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The Dodgers No. 7 and 8 hitters in tonight’s lineup greet each other.
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The Dodgers lineup for Game 1 of the NLDS against the Padres is mostly the same we’ve seen in their first two playoff games, as well as the bulk of the last few weeks of the regular season.

The top six hitters remain the same on Tuesday night for the Dodgers, including Mookie Betts hitting leadoff after doubling three times in seven at-bats in the wild card series. The Dodgers are 35-9 (.795) when Betts bats first this season.

NLDS Game 1 lineups

Pos Padres Pos Dodgers
Pos Padres Pos Dodgers
CF Grisham (L) RF Betts
SS Tatis Jr. SS Seager (L)
3B Machado 3B Turner
1B Hosmer (L) 1B Muncy (L)
LF Pham C Smith
RF Myers CF Bellinger (L)
2B Cronenworth (L) LF Pollock
C Nola DH Pederson (L)
LF Profar (S) 2B Taylor

Betts is 4-for-7 (.571) with a triple and two walks in his career against San Diego Game 1 starter Mike Clevinger, having last faced him in 2019.

Eight hitters have remained constant in all three postseason lineups so far for the Dodgers, including cleanup hitter Max Muncy, the only other Dodger to have faced Clevinger, singling in his only at-bat against him back in 2016 while with the A’s.

In addition to the usual eight starters, the other start on Tuesday goes to Joc Pederson at designated hitter, batting eighth.

In the wild card series, those starts went to Edwin Ríos at designated hitter in Game 1, and Austin Barnes at catcher in Game 2 with Will Smith at DH. Ríos was left off the Dodgers’ roster for this NLDS, with Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reporting Ríos suffered an injury during workouts on Sunday.

Only two active Padres have more than one career hit against Walker Buehler, who is 4-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five career starts against San Diego. a Fernando Tatis Jr. is 2-for-7 with a home run, and Manny Machado is 2-for-8 with a double and a walk. Trent Grisham (1-for-2, walk) and Wil Myers (1-for-6) also have home runs against Buehler, both hit on August 3 this year in San Diego.