Dodgers @ D-backs June 15, 2016: Yay Kershaw, boo Joc platoon

Happy Clayton Kershaw day. He goes against a solid Diamondback lineup that has a different look than the first two games of the series.

Dodgers
D-backs
12:40 p.m. PT
Phoenix, Ariz.
LF
Hernandez
 2B Segura
3B
Turner
 3B Drury
SS
Seager
 1B
Goldschmidt
CF
Thompson
 LF
Weeks
1B
Gonzalez
C
Castillo
2B
Kendrick
 RF
Tomas
RF
Van Slyke SS Ahmed
LF
Van Slyke
P
Corbin (L)
P
Kershaw (L)
CF
Bourn

Kershaw is coming of a strong 8-inning, 13-strikeout performance last time out against the Giants. Because of course he did. That’s what he does, and he’ll probably do something similar today.

Dave Roberts has employed the platoon lineup again today. Enrique Hernandez, who has been awful to the point of being almost unplayable for the last nearly 50 games, is in the lineup in place of Joc Pederson … even though Roberts insists he’s not in a platoon. Pederson has started against left-handed starters twice this season: Matt Moore and Jon Lester. I just don’t understand why he isn’t allowed to start. If Hernandez were crushing lefties (like he did last season), then I’d be a little more OK with it. But he isn’t.

Also, Adrian Gonzalez is struggling mightily and could use a day off. This would seem to be the perfect opportunity: Day game after a night game, Scott Van Slyke exists, he’s 4-for-16 with six strikeouts in 17 plate appearances against Patrick Corbin (if you’re into that sort of thing) … but no. Instead, he is dropped to fifth in the lineup for the first time since 2014.

But enough complaining about the lineup. Just get Kershaw a few runs and he’ll handle the rest.

Injury update on Kenta Maeda, courtesy of Andy McCullough:

That’s great news. It’s definitely a lot better than the alternative.

And Ross Stripling:

And finally: The international signing deadline is tonight at 9 p.m. Pacific time. Belief is the Dodgers will sign some more players before then, but it isn’t known if they’ll land Vladimir Gutierrez, Lazaro Armenteros or any of the other players who fall under the restrictions. I wrote about this in more detail yesterday.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

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.