Watch: Dave Roberts backs slumping Carl Crawford, who starts over Trayce Thompson.

The last time Carl Crawford faced Noah Syndergaard, he went 0-for-3 with a double play groundout. None of the three outs left the infield.

It wasn’t the first (or the last) 0-fer of Crawford’s career, but it came in Game 2 of last year’s National League Division Series. Those were Crawford’s only career plate appearances against Syndergaard, who starts tonight for the Mets.

Crawford owns a .190/.222/.286 slash line this season, while his de facto platoon partner, Trayce Thompson, has home runs in consecutive games. Seems like an opportune time for night off, right? Dave Roberts chimed in on Crawford’s hitting and how he plans to use the 34-year-old outfielder:

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.