Corey Seager will bat third in his first postseason game. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
will bat third in his playoff debut, and Joc Pederson
starts over Kiké Hernandez in center field, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Seager, 21, batted third in only two of his 25 starts this season while compiling a .337/.425/.561 slash line for the Dodgers following his Sept. 3 call-up.
Seager also batted twice on three occasions, and cleanup once.
Hernandez had been the Dodgers’ preferred center fielder by the end of August, though both he and Pederson were alternating in center — against both lefties and righties — after Hernandez returned from a hamstring injury in September.
The Dodgers’ full lineup against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom:
Corey Seager/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers
Hot prospect Corey Seager was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday. A night earlier, the shortstop/third baseman was with the OKC Dodgers helping them clinch the Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League.
He admitted it was kind of strange to go from that, to making his major-league debut the next night in San Diego with the Dodgers taking on the Padres.
“I came from one where we just clinched in OKC, so that was fun, and now you’re right back in the grind trying to clinch (the NL West), so it should be a bunch of fun,” Seager said. “It was really weird. We just got done celebrating and got home and you’re gone.”
Seager was struck out looking by Colin Rea in the second inning. But he got his first major-league hit in the fifth when he ripped a double down the right-field line. He scored on an RBI single by Joc Pederson.
Then in the top of the sixth, Seager hit a two-run single to center for a 5-4 Dodgers lead.
The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez celebrate Pederson’s home run in the seventh inning off Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Joc Pederson hit the game-winning home run and got lost in the moment. The Dodgers are getting contributions from everybody while the Giants are running out of healthy players, writes colleague Mark Whicker.
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers expanded their roster by five on September 1.
HOUSTON — In choosing Kiké Hernandez over Joc Pederson as the Dodgers’ center fielder today, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly went out of his way to address Pederson’s critics, specifically two who are employed as analysts for major league teams.
Earlier this month, Phillies color analyst Larry Andersen blasted Pederson during a broadcast for being “selfish.” In July, Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez took aim at Pederson’s “worthless batting practice.”
“He is a worker, even though there’s been — I’ve heard in different cities that he’s not trying to make adjustments,” Mattingly said. “That’s just not the case. They’re uninformed.
“He’s trying to hit the ball the other way. You see him trying to stay shorter. It’s not his fault that he’s trying to go the other way and is hitting balls out of the ballpark. That’s just what happens with his swing. I think that’s been a little bit unfair on him because he’s a good kid. We don’t have any problems with that part of it.”
Dodgers center fielder Kiké Hernandez has a .957 OPS in August. (Associated Press photo)
HOUSTON — One day after Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson was benched against Scott Kazmir, a left-handed pitcher, he was out of the lineup again with right-hander Lance McCullers starting for the Houston Astros.
Kiké Hernandez has started both games instead, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Hernandez is the Dodgers’ primary center fielder for now: