Dodgers Stick with Familiar Lineup Against McCullers, Astros in Game 7

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(Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

For Game 7 of the 2017 World Series on Wednesday evening at Dodger Stadium, skipper Dave Roberts and the management crew of the Dodgers have decided to stick with a very familiar batting order which has consistently delivered success throughout the postseason.

Wednesday’s lineup consists of the exact same crew which delivered a win in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

Leading off and playing center field is Chris Taylor, followed by Corey Seager batting second and playing short, Justin Turner at third base in the three-hole and rookie sensation Cody Bellinger batting cleanup playing first. Yasiel Puig will hit fifth and play right field, while Joc Pederson will play left field and bat sixth. Logan Forsythe is at the keystone batting seventh, followed by Austin Barnes behind the dish batting eighth. Yu Darvish will bat ninth and do the pitching.

During the entirety of the postseason, Darvish has made three starts, registering a 2-1 record after surrendering six earned runs on 14 hits and two walks with 14 strikeouts over just 13.0 innings of work. In his last outing in Game 3 of the World Series last Friday, the 31-year-old righty only lasted 1-2/3 of an innings after getting cuffed around, having given up four earned runs on six hits and a walk. He has pitched well at times in the 2017 playoffs, though, as made evident by his performance in Game 3 of the NLCS, when he went into the seventh inning, having surrendered only one earned run and striking out seven opposing batters.

Roberts has indicated that the entire pitching staff will be at the club’s disposal at all points of the game, including both Alex Wood and staff ace Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers will square off against Houston righty Lance McCullers, Jr., who has made four appearances—including two starts—over the course of the 2017 playoffs. During that time, he has thrown 18-1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits and nine walks with 16 strikeouts. His most impressive outing of the playoffs was a relief appearance in Game 7 of the ALCS, when he threw four scoreless innings of one-hit ball with six strikeouts, recording the win.

The Astros, like the Dodgers, will employ the exact same lineup they utilized for Game 6.

Dodgers lineup:

  1. Taylor CF
  2. Seager SS
  3. Turner 3B
  4. Bellinger 1B
  5. Puig RF
  6. Pederson LF
  7. Forsythe 2B
  8. Barnes C
  9. Darvish P

Astros lineup:

  1. Springer CF
  2. Bregman 3B
  3. Altuve 2B
  4. Correa SS
  5. Gurriel 1B
  6. McCann C
  7. Gonzalez LF
  8. Reddick RF
  9. McCullers P

First pitch for the decisive Game 7 is slated for 5:20 p.m. Los Angeles time.

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