Toles, 24, has a .311/.363/.505 slash line in his first 46 major league games. He’s gotten more frequent playing time in left field during Josh Reddick‘s hot September. Roberts spoke Thursday about the possibility of Toles platooning with Howie Kendrick in left field in the postseason:
The Nationals’ rotation is anchored by right-handers Max Scherzer and Tanner Roark; Gio Gonzalez is the only lefty expected to start a game for them in October. That ought to give Toles (and the Dodgers’ other left-handed hitters) plenty of plate appearances in the playoffs.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick on first base, Yasiel Puig rounded the bases on a single and three-base error, walking off the Washington Nationals to complete a 4-3 win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Kendrick experiment in left field is going well.
The Dodgers dodged a bullet when Adrian Gonzalez told manager Dave Roberts he was feeling better one day after he left Monday’s game against the Angels with lower back tightness.
Gonzalez still hasn’t spoken to reporters since he left the stadium last night. He wasn’t seen in the clubhouse or on the field for pregame activities Tuesday. But Roberts said he was hopeful that Gonzalez would be able to pinch hit tonight, though he would not be available to play the field. Howie Kendrick is starting at first base instead.
Roberts said that the Dodgers aren’t considering placing Gonzalez on the disabled list at the moment and it’s possible he could play tomorrow in Anaheim.
Gonzalez, 34, is the only Dodger who’s appeared in all 39 games this season. He’s batting .282 with four home runs and 20 RBIs, tied for the team lead.
Turner is 2 for 6 with a pair of doubles and a walk against Syndergaard in his career, while Kendrick is 1 for 7 with four strikeouts. So why the switch? Manager Dave Roberts explained:
Here are the full lineups for both teams: