Looking at the empty uniform non-manager Don Mattingly’s intended lineup for this afternoon’s final game in San Diego, I’d have to say no. Despite having Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-6, 3.28 ERA) back and starting today, instead of, well, let’s say Kevin Correia (2-2, 6.75 ERA), the rest of the lineup is a mess.
Mattingly has the slumping Yasiel Puig leading off, despite his average sinking to its lowest point since April 30, after going five-for-39 over his last 11 games. In that span, Puig has zero extra base hits and zero runs batted in as well. So who is the team’s hottest hitter, you ask, and is he hitting third or cleanup today? Well, you should know that the hottest hitter on the team is Justin Turner, who has hit .386 for the month of August. As to where is he
|batting in the lineup, that's a trick question, as Mattingly has decided that Darwin Barney (.229) is a better choice at second base with Dee Gordon getting the day off, and that there is no other position where the hot-hitting Turner would be his first choice, so today Turner's position is sitting on the bench. |
After losing two extra-inning games in San Diego, with ten relief appearances in the two games, the
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|Of course, the light-hitting Padres are not a formidable offensive foe for Ryu and the Dodgers, as they scored only five runs over 22 innings in the first two games of the series, are a distant last in the National League in runs scored and have a hard to believe .226 team batting average, but with Dodgers' bats doing absolutely nothing as of late but slapping a few singles around (only five extra|
Padre starter and ex-Dodger Eric Stults, despite being only one loss off of the major league lead, beat the Dodgers the last time he pitched against them, just 11 days ago, and pitched very well in an earlier 2-1 loss.
Another extra innings loss to San Diego? I wouldn’t bet against it.