MLB.com Offers Lineup Breakdown For Game 2 In Atlanta

Braves Need Big Game From LHP Mike Minor

Friday, October 4, 2013
Mike Minor
Mike Minor
- photo by Tim Evearitt

A look at tonight's starting lineups for Game 2 of the NL Division Series between the Dodgers and the Braves:

DODGERS

1.

 Carl Crawford, CF: Crawford stays in the leadoff spot with the Dodgers having again dropped Puig in order to lengthen the lineup. He's hitting .304 at the top of the batting order this season, but just .184 when positioned elsewhere.

2. Mark Ellis, 2B: Playing in his first postseason game since 2006 on Thursday, Ellis banged out two hits and an RBI in Game 1. He has more plate appearances against Minor than any other Dodgers hitter, having gone 3-for-12.

3. Hanley Ramirez, SS: In his first taste of the postseason, Ramirez went 1-for-5 with a double on Thursday. He's coming off a season in which he played just 86 games, yet posted a .345 average and 20 homers.

4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B: The slugging Dodgers first baseman made it clear just how much he loves October with his 2-for-5 night that included a two-run homer in Game 1. Gonzalez is now hitting .368 in 22 postseason plate appearances.

5. Yasiel Puig, RF: Puig's numbers may have dipped a bit in September, but he was right back in the swing of things Thursday, creating a run by going first-to-third on a routine single to center and then scoring on a sac fly. Friday marks Puig's third career game in the No. 5 spot in the order.

6. Juan Uribe, 3B: Uribe leads all Dodgers hitters in postseason at-bats with 104 in his career, spanning three separate teams. In five at-bats against Minor, the Dodgers third baseman has three strikeouts.

7. Skip Schumaker, CF: Few expected Schumaker to be playing center field for the Dodgers in October, but here we are, and there he is -- again. Schumaker walked and hit a sacrifice fly on Thursday, also from the seventh spot in the order.

8. A.J. Ellis, C: Ellis' four hits against Minor are the most among Dodgers hitters. In 10 at-bats against the Braves left-hander, Ellis also has a pair of walks, a homer and three RBIs.

9. Zack Greinke, P: Much has been made about Greinke's season on the mound for Los Angeles. But don't discount his bat. His .328/.409/.379 slash line in 29 games is enough to make plenty of hitters jealous.

BRAVES

1. Jason Heyward, CF: Heyward will be happy to face someone other than Kershaw, against whom he's 0-for-7 with six Ks (including Thursday's game). In 25 career postseason at-bats, Heyward has struggled, hitting just .160.

2. Justin Upton, RF: The last time Upton -- then with the D-backs -- faced Greinke in the postseason, he took the Brewers' ace deep with a mammoth two-run homer during the 2011 NLDS. In regular season play, Upton is 6-for-14 with a pair of homers and four walks against Greinke.

3. Freddie Freeman, 1B: Freeman hit .380 in the month of September before going 1-for-4 on Thursday night. He has crushed right-handers this year to the tune of a .334/.409/.549 slash line.

4. Evan Gattis, LF: Despite a couple blunders on Thursday -- one in left field and one on the basepaths -- Gattis is right back in the cleanup spot for Friday's Game 2. Overshadowed by those mistakes was a solid night at the plate for the 27-year-old rookie, who went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

5. Brian McCann, C: McCann hit just .170 in September, while battling a nagging groin injury that forced him to miss the final series of the year. But he returned Thursday, saying he felt completely healthy, and went 0-for-3 with a walk.

6. Chris Johnson, 3B: After quietly piecing together one of the NL's better seasons at the plate, Johnson finally got his first taste of October baseball on Thursday. In six regular season games against the Dodgers this year, Johnson hit .353.

7. Andrelton Simmons, SS: Simmons got to face his fellow countryman Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning on Thursday, looping a single to left-center field. The Curacaoan Simmons has provided spectacular defense all season for the Braves, while slugging 17 homers as well.

8. Elliot Johnson, 2B: Johnson had hit safely in three straight starts before an 0-for-4, three-strikeout performance in Game 1. He'll need a big performance in Game 2 to help quell the questions about why Dan Uggla was left off the Division Series roster.

9. Mike MinorAt the dish, Minor banged out a career-high 10 hits this season, batting .164. He also drove in six runs -- the first six RBIs of his career.

---- Source: MLB.com


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