Angels — Albert PujolsThe three-time MVP who was primarily used as a discus hitter late in the game, will start at first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series Monday night.
Cody Bellinger, who has been struggling hard all season but earned a big double in the Dodgers’ Game 2 win, will be off the bench at the start but will likely enter the game once the Giants start using their right pavers.
Pujols, 41, will start a playoff for the first time since Game Three of the 2014 Major League Soccer series, as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols have been particularly effective against opposing left-handed shooters this season, hitting .294/.336/.603. Wood, who will oppose the three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, they’ve had nice splits this season (the right had .682 OPS against him, the left had 674 OPS). Neither team announced the start of Game 4.
The Dodgers were unsuccessful at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, but the Giants took to the field for practice near 8 p.m. PT. Giants coach Gabe Kapler, who wore streetwear while his players batted and did some defensive work, described Pujols as “one of the greatest hitters that ever lived.”