Cubs @ Dodgers Aug. 26, 2016: Welcome aboard, Carlos Ruiz

The Dodgers begin a 3-game weekend set with the Cubs, and the newest Dodger Carlos Ruiz is in town and starting tonight.

Cubs
Dodgers
7:10 p.m. PT
Los Angeles
CF
Fowler
LF
Kendrick
3B
Bryant
SS
Seager
1B
Rizzo
3B
Turner
2B
Zobrist
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Russell
CF
Hernandez
RF
Heyward
C
Ruiz
LF
Soler RF Reddick
C
Montero
2B
Utley
P
Montgomery (L)
P
Norris (R)

Ruiz draws the start against a lefty in Mike Montgomery, which isn’t surprising as that’s what he was brought in to do. Make no mistake: Yasmani Grandal is hitting well against left-handed pitchers this season. The power numbers aren’t there, but he has a 135 wRC+ against left-handed pitching this season. But he can’t catch every game, which is why Ruiz was brought in as an offensive upgrade over A.J. Ellis.

The lineup has seen a bit of a shift tonight. Howie Kendrick moves up to the leadoff spot. That’s good. What isn’t particularly good is the fact both Josh Reddick and Chase Utley are starting against a lefty while Joc Pederson is not. None of the three are good at hitting lefties, but at least give Pederson a chance. Or don’t. Whatever. And the days of Enrique Hernandez being a destroyer of lefties appear to be gone (just a 99 wRC+ this season). He’s starting in center field.

Enough bitching about the lineup. Onto some news.

Some are speculating that Sunday’s starter could be Jose De Leon. Not so fast…

Ruiz, check. Brock Stewart (Sunday starter?), check. Shawn Zarraga back to Triple-A, check. Kenta Maeda to the AZL Dodgers, che … wait, what? Have no fear.

Bastards, indeed.

Help us Clayton Kershaw. You’re our only hope. And this was after his 60-pitch bullpen session:

Good. Brandon McCarthy also threw a bullpen session. No word on the results.

Spoken like a true (future) manager. Best of luck, A.J.

And this is just fantastic.

https://twitter.com/Dodgers/status/769297018883715072

Bravo.

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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.