The Dodgers look to take the series lead over the Giants tonight in Los Angeles. Max Scherzer is on the mound for the boys in blue facing old friend Alex Wood at 6:37 PM PT. While both teams mostly took Sunday as a bit of a rest and recovery day, Dodger manager Dave Roberts jumped on a call with media where, in essence, he revealed most of his lineup plans for Monday night.
Albert Pujols would be starting at first base against the left-handed Wood. Will Smith would start his 4th straight game of the postseason, leaving Austin Barnes once again on the bench without Clayton Kershaw available this October. AJ Pollock will start again in left field and Chris Taylor starts in center.
So Cody Bellinger will be on the bench after a clutch 2-run double in game 2 and Matt Beaty will remain back in his pinch hitter role for Doc.
In theory, it makes sense that Roberts would go with the right-handed heavy lineup against Alex Wood. The lefty posted a fine year for San Francisco in 2021 (10-4, 3.83 ERA in 26 starts). But he also surprisingly had reverse batting splits against him. Right-handed batters his .230 in 405 at-bats while lefty swingers hit .258 in 124 ABs. Over his career, Wood has posted mostly neutral splits, with LHBs hitting a hair below RHBs (.248 to .250).
Corey Seager should be the lone left-handed batter in the starting lineup tonight.
- Mookie Betts
- Corey Seager
- Trea Turner
- Justin Turner
- Will Smith
- Albert Pujols
- Chris Taylor
- AJ Pollock
- Max Scherzer
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