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:
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.