Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford missed 75 games with a right oblique strain. (Getty Images)
This is Part 11 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Key stats: 69 games, .265/.304/.403 slash line, 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts.
Seinfeld episode: “The Parking Space” (season 3, episode 22).
Key quote: “You see what he did here, you see how he tried to sneak into my space?”
Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is 1-for-8 in the National League Division Series. (Associated Press photo)
Yasmani Grandal’s sore left shoulder will not keep him out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup in Game 5 of the National League Division Series on Thursday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Grandal was even money to catch starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
The Dodgers are keeping their lineup intact from Game 1 of the series, the last time they faced Jacob deGrom, with one exception: Kiké Hernandez, not Carl Crawford, is starting in left field.
Here is the Dodgers’ full lineup for the 5 p.m. game:
Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford isn’t starting against a right-handed pitcher, Chase Anderson of the Arizona Diamondbacks, because of bursitis in his left shoulder. Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier are playing left and right field, respectively.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was vague about Crawford’s availability, but couldn’t rule him out as a possible pinch hitter or pinch runner.
Jose Peraza, 21, is a candidate to be placed on the 60-day disabled list if his hamstring injury is severe enough. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)
Dodgers infielder Jose Peraza
, who re-aggravated his strained left hamstring Sunday in Phoenix, underwent an MRI exam Monday, manager Don Mattingly
said. The results of the MRI haven’t been announced yet but the manager acknowledged the injury could end Peraza’s season.
“The doctor’s going to come in tonight and look at him, and let us know where we’re going with that,” Mattingly said.
Jose Peraza is 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts since joining the Dodgers. (Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers’ recent success stealing bases makes for nice statistics. An unexpected streak of 13 steals in 13 attempts entering Saturday’s game against the Padres means the Dodgers are no longer last in baseball in stolen bases or stolen-base success rate.
Going beyond the numbers, this makes for even better strategy.
“It’s something that’s small but yet plays big,” Dodgers first base coach Davey Lopes said. “Now we keep this approach that we have now and bring it to a playoff situation, now we can manufacture a run here. People can’t say ‘well, they’re not going to run.’ Now all of a sudden they’re starting to run. What’s the deal?”
Lopes identified a couple reasons for the Dodgers’ newfound success.