The Dodgers’ lineup reverted to a normal look Monday, one day after a Sunday Crew (Mark Ellis batted leadoff and Nick Punto second, while Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis got the day off) put only four runners in scoring position against Cole Hamels and lost 3-2. It was the Dodgers’ first loss in their last 11 games.
One reason for Don Mattingly not to pull anything goofy today is that rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ scheduled starter, has been an equal-opportunity inducer of misery. Lefties are hitting him at a .192 clip; righties, .182. In Marlins Park, batters are slugging — slugging — .227 against him this year. The 45 batters who have been lucky enough to take Fernandez to a 3-1 count this season have two hits.
Good luck with that to the following individuals:
Here is the Marlins’ lineup:
(H/t to FanGraphs for those mind-boggling stats)