Chase Utley isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for Game 3 of the National League Division Series, but his longtime double-play partner is.
Jimmy Rollins is getting his first start of the postseason against the Mets’ Matt Harvey on Monday. Corey Seager, who went 1-for-8 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the series, is relegated to the bench.
Rollins has more doubles (two), home runs (two) and RBIs (four) against Harvey than any current Dodger. He’s 5-for-19 with a pair of walks and only two strikeouts against the hard-throwing right-hander.
Seager has never faced Harvey in his month-old major league career.
Clayton Kershaw (22) gets a hug from Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis (17) after the final out of the Dodgers’ 8-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)
SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw’s hair and hat and t-shirt were already drenched in Budweiser and Chandon Brut Classic when he spotted his wife and infant daughter in a corner of the Dodgers’ clubhouse at AT&T Park on Tuesday night. He kissed his wife, and cooed his daughter, and got a little more alcohol poured on him before the night was over.
SAN FRANCISCO — New York Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp led the American League in home runs in 1916 and 1917. He won a World Series in 1923. In 1925, he went into a slump and was benched in favor of a rookie named Lou Gehrig; Pipp never got his job back as Gehrig started 2,130 consecutive games en route to a Hall of Fame career.
Even 90 years later, replacing an established veteran with a young up-and-comer is still hard, whether the manager is Miller Huggins or Don Mattingly, whether the veteran is Wally Pipp or Jimmy Rollins.
“Nothing like this is ever easy,” said Mattingly, who effectively chose 21-year-old Corey Seager over the 36-year-old Rollins as his everyday shortstop Tuesday.