The Dodger lineup for today’s Game 2 of the National League Championship Series will look drastically different from yesterday. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez is a late scratch after taking a 95-mile per hour fast ball off of the ribs last night. Outfielder Andre Ethier is out a day after starting his first game in the post season.
Ramirez finished the night 0-for-2 in his six plate appearance drawing two intentional walks after St. Louis pitcher Joe Kelly hit him in his first at bat.
Against the Braves in the last series, Ramirez tied the Division Series record with six extra base hits. In the NLDS, Ramirez was 8-for-16 with four doubles, a triple and a home run. The shortstop had six runs batted in to propel the team to the National League Championship Series.
Former Cardinal Nick Punto will take over for Ramirez at short stop , but the Dodgers have no way of replacing the offensive production at the plate. Punto has played in two of the Dodgers’ five post season games, striking out in his only at bat.
Nursing pain just above his ankle with symptoms similar to shin splints, Ethier singled, walked, and struck out twice in six plate appearances in last night’s contest.
Skip Schumaker is tabbed to replace Ethier in the field. Schumaker started all four games of the NLDS in centerfield in place of Ethier and hit .231, going 2-for-13.
Manager Don Mattingly penciled Schumaker into the sixth spot in the lineup.
The Dodgers will pitch Clayton Kershaw in today’s contest against the Cardinals' Michael Wacha. With the prospect of facing St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright in Game 3 Monday in Los Angeles, the Dodgers desperately need a win in today’s game to keep hopes of advancing to the World Series.
Hit the subscribe button just below the picture of Hanley Ramirez to receive Dodger updates. Visit Dodgers Examiner page on Facebook to offer your opinions and talk baseball. While you’re there, hit the “Like” button so you can receive updates. Follow Dodger baseball on Twitter. As always, Jim encourages your email comments.