Let’s look at today’s game as Clayton Kershaw’s second MLB tuneup coming off his back injury. In the first tuneup, Kershaw went three innings, threw 66 pitches, gave up five hits, two runs, one home run, zero walks, and got five strikeouts. Today we will look for eighty pitches, five innings, four or five hits, zero walks, six or seven strikeouts, and hopefully zero runs. He will be tested by the Yankee Stadium short porches down the left field line and down the right field line.
Kershaw’s opposing pitcher will be right-handed Michael Pineda, who is 6-11 with a 5.07 ERA in 2016. Thank goodness for right-handed opposing starting pitchers. The Dodgers are batting .214 against left-handed pitchers this year, while batting .263 against right handed pitchers.
The left-handed opposing pitcher bugaboo will continue to haunt the Dodgers the rest of this year, up through the playoffs (as The Beav pointed out). During the off-season, the Dodgers will need to find somebody or some bodies than can hit against lefties. Following are the batting average splits for 2016 by position player (vs. LHP/ vs. RHP). Warning: It’s not pretty – cover your eyes if you dislike bad numbers – you’ve been warned.
Utley .156/.267 Seager .255/.346 Turner .196/.298 Gonzalez .245/.306 Grandal .238/222 Reddick .152/.316 Kendrick .260/.270 Pederson .096/.271 Puig .256/.263 Hernandez .194/.202 Toles .375/.343 (3-for-8 vs LHP) Segedin .231/.267 Culberson .303/.071 Barnes .286/.111 (2-for-7 vs LHP) Ruiz .241/.258
Looks like Dodger4life was right. I caused yesterday’s loss by convincing Doc Roberts to not start Charlie Culberson (CC) against CC Sabathia. I said C, CC Ryder Oh, see what you have done!