GLENDALE, Ariz. — Joc Pederson has a new swing.
That sentence can be typed often enough that it can be disqualified as “news.” But when Pederson stepped into the batting cage Thursday during the Dodgers’ first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch, his swing definitely looked different:
From the angle at which Pederson holds his bat, to a dramatically reduced front-foot step — it used to be a high leg lift — there’s a lot to dissect. (Sorry the angle isn’t more revealing.) I talked to Pederson after today’s workout about the new swing and its purpose. I’ll post those quotes in a bit.
Update: See what Joc had to say about his new swing here.
Joc Pederson’s OPS was 234 points lower after the All-Star break (.617) than before (.851). (Getty Images)
This is Part 35 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.
Joc Pederson, CF
Key stats: .210/.346/.417, 26 home runs, 170 strikeouts in 585 plate appearances; -3 DRS, -3.9 UZR, -1.8 dWAR in 147 games in center field.
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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.