Good luck to Don Mattingly filling out a lineup Monday night against Phillies left-handed starter Cliff Lee.
The Dodgers manager often defaults to matchups when he explains how he settled on which outfielder to leave out of his lineup each game. If that's the case against Lee, maybe he'll start some pitchers in the outfield.
Of his four big-name outfielders, Carl Crawford's .212 (7-for-33) lifetime mark against Lee is the best of the bunch. Yasiel Puig is 1-for-7 vs. the lefty; Andre Ethier is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts; Matt Kemp, who generally wears out lefties, is 1-for-18 with 11 whiffs.
How's Scott Van Slyke? He's 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against Lee.
Mattingly said his outfield selections Sunday (Crawford, Ethier and Puig) were chosen in part with Monday in mind. Lately, he's been leaning toward all righties against left-handed pitching, so that would be Van Slyke, Kemp and Puig.
How the Phillies will fare against Dodgers starter Paul Maholm is the issue from the Philly perspective. Lee has gotten little love from his offense lately.
Lee allowed one run, one walk and struck out 13 in nine innings Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Lee should be used to that by now. His 3.87 run support average since 2011 is the seventh lowest in baseball.
It was the ninth time since he rejoined the Phillies in 2011 that he has struck out 12 or more batters in a game. He is 2-5 with a 2.16 ERA in those starts, as the Phils have suffered four shutout losses and scored just 23 runs. He also is the first pitcher in 100 years to lose twice despite allowing one run and striking out 13 or more batters in a complete game.
The last pitcher to do it? Lee, in his last start against the Braves on Sept. 27, 2013.
"All I can worry about is making pitches and throwing strikes," Lee said. "I can't worry about the guys behind me making plays. I assume they're going to, and I assume we're going to hit and score runs."
Phillies: Figuring out catching rules
Twice in one week the Phillies had a play at home where a catcher blocked the plate before he received the ball. Both times the home-plate umpire called out the base runner, and both times a manager asked the play to be reviewed under Collision Rule 7.13 to see if the catcher blocked the plate illegally.
Umpires ruled Phillies center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. out at the plate April 13 at Citizens Bank Park, despite the fact Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis had blocked the plate. Major League Baseball's Joe Torre called the Phillies later to tell them a mistake had been made. The umpires correctly ruled Carlos Ruiz blocked the plate Saturday in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.
"I was talking to Chooch about it," Phillies catcher Wil Nieves said of Ruiz. "He's one of the best in the game at putting down the leg and blocking the plate. Trying to change that is going to be hard, so we've got to concentrate a lot. We just need to set up early in front of the plate and just try to stay there as long as we can without taking away that lane."
Dodgers: Rare call against Federowicz -- twice
Tim Federowicz said he's never been called for catcher's interference until the weekend series with Arizona, when it happened twice, both with D-backs slugger Paul Goldschmidt's bat hitting the same spot on his battered left wrist. "He must have a really long bat," said Federowicz. "Today's pitch was away. That blows my mind. My entire career I've been told that I set up too deep, so I don't get it."
• Adrian Gonzalez brings a 15-game hitting streak into Monday night's game.
• Carl Crawford's triple on Sunday gave him 118 in his career, which leads all active players.
• Hanley Ramirez is 1-for-13 since being hit by a pitch on the back of his left hand in San Francisco. He was 2-for-9 before being hit.
• Jimmy Rollins homered to right field in the first inning Sunday in Colorado. It snapped the Phillies' four-game streak without an extra-base hit, the longest drought in baseball since the Marlins had a four-game drought in September 1993, and the longest drought for the Phils since a four-game stretch in May 1968.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.