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Dodgers' lineup flip not a flop against Mariners

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According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Dodgers lead the National League with 409 extra-base hits, while the Mariners lead the American League with 717 singles. The Dodgers rank last in the NL with 599 singles, while the Mariners rank 12th in the AL with 348 extra-base hits.
  2. Manny Machado has 1005 career hits and 497 career runs, and is just 26 years-42 days old. He has 48 more days to score three runs and become the third-youngest active player to reach 1000+ hits and 500+ runs; the only two younger were Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.
  3. During Justin Turner's 10-game hitting streak, he is slashing .436/.488/.718 with eight extra-base hits. In the month of August, Turner ties with teammate Cody Bellinger for the highest batting average (.409) and on-base percentage (.490) in the National League (minimum 50 PA).
  4. Mitch Haniger has spent the last seven games in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career. In those seven, he has 14 hits and 8 doubles. Haniger and Miguel Andujar are the only two in MLB to reach those totals in a seven-game span this season.
  5. Matt Kemp entered August hitting .298, and is hitting .139 this month; Dee Gordon entered August hitting .290, and is hitting .159 in August. These two have the biggest dropoff in batting average in the NL and AL, respectively (batting title qualifiers, min. 40 PA in Aug).
  6. Walker Buehler's 1.06 WHIP is the fifth-best mark by an NL pitcher in his age-23 season or younger since 2000 (min. 15 starts). The other four: Kershaw in 2011, Jose Fernandez in 2013, Bumgarner in 2013, and Syndergaard in 2015.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/17/2018 thru 8/19/2018

When Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts decided to flip the Nos. 2-3 hitters in his batting order, it was anything but a flop.

Justin Turner, in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak that has raised his average from .259 to .294, moved up to the second slot formerly occupied by Corey Seager, who is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Manny Machado, acquired from Baltimore at the All-Star break, took over the third spot.

"We acquired Manny to be a middle-of-the-order damage guy," Turner told "The way our front office and (manager Dave Roberts) had put the lineup together the last few years, Seager in the two-hole, they just kind of put him there in that spot. I'm comfortable either spot and when (Roberts) said he was going to hit me second and Manny third, I said, 'That's awesome.' Doesn't bother me one bit."

Machado hit two home runs in an 11-1 victory Friday night in the series opener in Seattle.

"Manny really had a big night -- a couple of homers -- and J.T. continues to stay on fire," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

That doubled Machado's home-run total since moving to Los Angeles.

"If a pitcher makes a mistake, I'll do some damage," Machado told "Since I got here I've told Doc (Roberts), whatever you need me to do. Finally, I just locked myself in to what got me here. When you have J.T. hitting in front of you, he's a guy that's going to see pitches, get on base, drive the ball. It makes it a lot easier for me to go up there and do what I need."

Turner hit a solo homer that sparked a late rally Saturday night before the Mariners won 5-4 in 10 innings on a bases-loaded balk.

"Balk-off victory, you don't see that every night at the ballpark," Mariners manager Scott Servais said.

Turner, who missed the first month-and-a-half of the season with a broken wrist and has struggled through an adductor strain in the second half, credited his turnaround to opening his stance after a session in the batting cage a couple of weeks ago.

"I hit early in BP in Oakland and it just didn't feel right," Turner said. "There's a drill we do to open up the stance and I tried it. It felt really good, and I just decided to open up and it felt real good that first game and it has ever since."

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.47 ERA) is scheduled to face Seattle lefty Roenis Elias (2-0, 2.88) in the rubber game of the series. Kershaw is 2-0 with a 3.46 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners, while Elias will be making his first appearance against the Dodgers.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager made his parents proud Saturday, hitting a three-run homer in the first inning and was at the plate for the decisive balk.

The Seagers have had this series circled on the calendar since the 2018 schedule came out, as it was supposed to be the first meeting in the major leagues between the brothers.

Despite Corey being out, their parents still made the trip to Seattle. Mother Jody wore a split Mariners-Dodgers jersey with Seager stitched on the back.

Updated August 19, 2018

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