Giants @ Dodgers April 16, 2016: Enrique Hernandez heat check

The Dodgers are fresh off last night’s victory, powered by bananas — or Enrique Hernandez.

Giants
Dodgers
6:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF
Span
2B
Utley
2B
Panik
SS
Seager
C
Posey
3B
Turner
RF
Pence
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Belt
C
Grandal
3B
Duffy
LF
Hernandez
SS
Crawford
CF
Pederson
P
Cueto
(R)
RF
Thompson
LF
Pagan
P
Kazmir
(L)

Heat-check time, as Hernandez is getting the rare start against a right-handed pitcher. Seeing as the Dodgers have 73 outfielders on the disabled list, it makes some sense … more than putting Howie Kendrick out there (at least defensively).

If nothing else, this should be a fantastic defensive outfield, even without Yasiel Puig. He’s getting his first day off of the season after starting the season’s first 11 games. He didn’t look particularly good at the plate last night, so a night off could do him some good. One hard-hitting player is out, one is back in, as Chase Utley returns to the lineup after a couple days off.

Now, Scott Kazmir had an awful outing last time out against these Giants. I suspect things will go a bit differently in his Dodgers’ home debut.

Despite having Kazmir out there, the Giants return some lefties to their lineup in the form of Denard Span and Brandon Crawford. Johnny Cueto wasn’t great in his first start as a Giant against the Dodgers (six runs allowed in seven innings), but I also suspect he will pitch better this evening.

Some news…

As if he Hyun-Jin Ryu needed anything else impeding his comeback.

OK. But seriously, no need to hustle back.

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About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.