Dodgers juggle their lineup for World Series Game 5 at Houston

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error THE PITCHERSDODGERS LHP CLAYTON KERSHAW (18-4, 2.31 ERA in regular season)vs. Astros: 4-2, 2.25 ERAAt Minute Maid Park: 1-1, 3.19 ERA (five starts)Postseason: 7-7, 4.21 ERA (18 starts)Hates to face: Jose Altuve, 7 for 18 (.389), 4 doublesLoves to face: Marwin Gonzalez, 0 for 5, 4 KsASTROS LHP DALLAS KEUCHEL (14-5, 2.90 in regular season)vs. Dodgers: 0-1, 4.50 ERAAt Minute Maid Park: 36-20, 2.87 ERA (74 starts)Postseason: 4-2, 2.84 ERA (six starts)Hates to face: Logan Forsythe, 7 for 22 (.318), tripleLoves to face: Cody Bellinger/Yasiel Puig, 0 for 3 When: 5:20 p.m.Where: Minute Maid Park, HoustonTV: Fox/Ch.11THE LINEUPS The Dodgers have moved Justin Turner to designated hitter and inserted Charlie Culberson into the starting lineup for Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night in Houston.In other notable changes, Kike Hernandez has been elevated to the cleanup spot in the batting order after hitting ninth in Saturday’s Game 4, Culberson will start at second base, with Logan Forsythe moving to third, and Joc Pederson, who homered Saturday, is out of the lineup against Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel.For a game that will put one of these teams at the threshold of a World Series title, it’s ace against ace. The Dodgers will turn to Texas native Clayton Kershaw and the Astros will turn to Keuchel for the final game in Houston before the series returns to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Halloween night. See full lineups below.Since 1946, when the current 2-3-2 World Series format became permanent, teams on the road for Game 5 in a 2-2 Series (and thus with home-field advantage for Games 6-7) are 18-12 in that game (going on to win 18 of 30 Series). Ten of the past 12 road teams have won, dating to 1982 – most recently the 2013 Red Sox and 2011 Cardinals. Kershaw went seven innings in Game 1, holding Houston to three hits and no walks while striking out 11. The thing he must avoid is the long ball. All eight runs the veteran has allowed during the postseason have come via home runs.“I feel the homers I give up are pretty legit,” Kershaw said Saturday. “As long as you’re making your pitches, you might hit one off the wall that you’re not supposed to or something, but other than that, you can’t really change.”Keuchel surrendered a pair of home runs in Game 1 – on his first pitch of the game to Chris Taylor and Justin Turner‘s go-ahead blast in the sixth – in an otherwise strong start. Like his teammates, he prefers playing in front and feeding off the energy of the crowds at Minute Maid Park.WORLD SERIESDODGERS AT ASTROSlast_img read more