Joc Pederson has struggled to hit left-handed pitching in his rookie season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
HOUSTON — Joc Pederson
isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Saturday against the Houston Astros and left-handed starter Scott Kazmir
. Kiké Hernandez is playing center field and batting seventh.
Pederson has struggled to hit for average against all pitchers this season. Against left-handers, the struggles have extended to his on-base percentage (.305) and power (.349 slugging average).
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly all but conceded that Hernandez will start against left-handers for now.
Zack Greinke hit his fifth career home run in the third inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. (Associated Press photo)
PHILADELPHIA — Zack Greinke
did it all, for better or worse, in the Dodgers’ 10-8 win over the Phillies. Even after giving up six runs in six innings his ERA is lower than Clayton Kershaw
‘s last season, so where does the Greinke-for-MVP candidacy stand
? The box score is here.
The Dodgers’ lead in the National League West is 2 ½ games over the San Francisco Giants, who play the Cubs on Thursday night.
The Phillies’ radio color commentator lobbed a verbal grenade at Joc Pederson yesterday based on something Pederson never said.
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, left, tags out Joc Pederson after the rookie tried to advance to third base on a single by Alberto Callaspo during the fourth inning Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)
PHILADELPHIA >> The Dodgers made plenty of mistakes, and squandered plenty of scoring chances, but still beat the Phillies 4-3 on Wednesday. The box score is here.
Joc Pederson is shortening his swing in hopes of breaking out of his slump.
Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds defeated Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson in the final round of the Home Run Derby.
Pederson defeated Manny Machado in the first round and Albert Pujols in the second, before facing the hometown favorite Frazier in the final round at Great American Ballpark. Pederson batted first and belted 14 home runs. Frazier batted next and hit the tie-breaking 15th home run in “bonus time.”
In the first round, Pederson hit the longest home run of the derby, estimated at 487 feet.
Pederson will be in the starting lineup for the National League in the All-Star Game tomorrow.
Zack Greinke leads MLB with a 1.39 earned-run average, the lowest by any pitcher in the first half since 1981. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Zack Greinke will be the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
Greinke leads the major leagues with a 1.39 earned-run average. He’s appeared in two previous All-Star games (2009, 2014) and pitched a scoreless inning in each game, but didn’t start either.