Dodgers @ Pirates June 27, 2016: Don’t get swept

The first three games of this 4-game series against the Pirates haven’t exactly gone as planned. The Dodgers have dropped three in a row, including a Clayton Kershaw start last night.

Dodgers
Pirates
9:35 a.m. PT
Pittsburgh
LF
Hernandez
SS
Mercer
3B
Turner
1B
Freese
CF
Thompson
CF
McCutchen
RF
Puig
3B
Kang
2B
Kendrick
LF
Marte
1B
Van Slyke
2B
Harrison
C
Ellis RF Rodriguez
SS
Taylor
C
Kratz
P
Kazmir (L)
P
Liriano (L)

This morning, Dave Roberts is employing a Jim Tracy “Sunday Special” lineup in hopes of avoiding a sweep on a Monday morning/afternoon. Oy.

Enrique Hernandez, for some reason, is hitting leadoff against Francisco Liriano. Last season, this wouldn’t have been an issue. Hell, before April 15, this wouldn’t have been an issue. But Hernandez is hitting just .203/.299/.458 (thanks in large part to four home runs) against lefties this season. This coming after a season in which he hit .423/.471/.744 against them. His approach is garbage right now, but in spite of that, he’s hitting leadoff. It just doesn’t make sense.

Corey Seager is getting a day off. That’s fine, I guess. But it’s just tough to see the team’s best position player not in the lineup, even against a guy who is as tough on lefties as Liriano is. Oh, and Seager ranks eighth in baseball in fWAR (3.5), and is tops in the National League. Chris Taylor draws the start instead. If Hernandez doesn’t figure things out, perhaps a trip to Oklahoma City is in order, as Taylor is plenty capable of handling shortstop at the Major League level.

Joc Pederson is out against a left-handed starter. In other news, the sun rose today. Yasiel Puig is hitting cleanup for the first time in almost a year and Howie Kendrick is still hitting higher than sixth or seventh, even in this lineup.

I’ve been less than impressed with Roberts and his on-field managerial decisions this season. Thankfully, it can’t get much worse than last night when he had Kershaw intentionally walk Sean Rodriguez. That is a thing that actually happened.

Here’s hoping for a decent performance of out Scott Kazmir today. It’d be great not to get swept, especially with a flight to Milwaukee looming after the game.

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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.