Austin Barnes has started 23 games against right-handed pitchers in his major league career. He’ll make his 24th tonight, in Game 3 of the National League division series at Chase Field.
Facing ex-Dodger Zack Greinke, who often boasts pristine command, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted for Barnes’ plate discipline over Yasmani Grandal’s power potential.
“With Austin, it’s just more of, I've liked the at-bat quality,” Roberts said. “Just to be able to get a hit, spoil pitches, and with Zack who obviously is a tactician on the mound. I think that Austin has a great way of being selective, grinding at-bats.”