By Jon Weisman
Jimmy Rollins will start at shortstop in place of Corey Seager in Game 3 of the National League Division Series tonight in New York.
Rollins will team with second baseman Howie Kendrick up the middle. With the appeal of his suspension yet to be heard, Chase Utley is eligible off the bench for the Dodgers.
Seager has a double and four strikeouts in eight at-bats for the Dodgers in the NLDS. He has fielded solidly, including an over-the-shoulder catch in Game 2, but no doubt has never played in as heated an atmosphere — on the field or in the surrounding stands — as is likely to be present at Citi Field this evening.
Kendrick (3 for 8 in the NLDS) bats leadoff for the second straight game, while Kiké Hernandez (1 for 2 with two walks) remains in center field. The Dodgers’ top hitter in the postseason so far, Justin Turner (4 for 8 with three doubles) is hitting cleanup. Los Angeles has yet to hit a home run in the NLDS.
Every Dodger position player has had at least one at-bat in the NLDS, but three relievers have yet to be used: Luis Avilan, Yimi Garcia and J.P. Howell. In 3 1/3 postseason innings, David Wright’s two-run single off Pedro Baez is the only hit the Dodger bullpen has allowed.
Wilmer Flores starts at shortstop for New York, which replaced injured Ruben Tejada on its playoff roster with minor-leaguer Matt Reynolds. Also getting his first NLDS start is Juan Lagares in center field, with Michaels Conforto and Cuddyer coming off the bench.