Playing time for Jake Lamb
It is no secret that Jake Lamb has struggled against lefties this season.
In 132 at-bats against southpaws in 2017, Lamb hit .144 with a .269 on-base percentage. The 26-year-old third baseman struck 54 times against lefties this season and has a career average of .159 in 309 at-bats.
But, Lamb went 4-for-5 in the wild card game, which included a hit off a left-handed pitcher. Kershaw could start game five, and fellow lefties Rich Hill and Alex Wood will start games two and four respectively.
So that leaves Lamb with a start in game three against right-hander Yu Darvish on Monday night at Chase Field and pinch hit at-bats against Dodger relievers. If Kershaw, Hill or Wood are chased early, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo could also double switch Lamb into the game early.
So what will Lovullo do? We will get some answers shortly, at least for game one anyways.