CHICAGO — Andrew Toles’ ascent to the top of the lineup is complete.
Toles, a 24-year-old rookie who began the season in Single-A, will lead off Game 6 of the National League Championship Series for the Dodgers on Saturday. It’s the first time he’s batted leadoff in a major league game.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has used Chase Utley in the leadoff spot against right-handed pitchers throughout the series. (Right-hander Kyle Hendricks is starting Game 6 for Chicago.) Utley is giving the Dodgers longer at-bats — he’s seen 4.03 pitches per plate appearance to 3.70 for Toles — but is still looking for his first hit in the series. Toles has five hits, including two doubles, and one walk in 10 at-bats.
Toles batted second this season once, in September, but otherwise hasn’t hit higher than seventh in his time with the Dodgers.
Here are the full lineups for both teams:
The Dodgers are two wins away from reaching the World Series. The Chicago Cubs are one win away, but we won’t let that little detail get in the way of relaying today’s official announcement from Major League Baseball regarding the World Series schedule.
Here are the dates, times and network listings for the 2016 Fall Classic: