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SF Giants’ lineup vs. Dodgers highlights big questions ahead of trade deadline


LOS ANGELES — Since arriving in an offseason trade from the Minnesota Twins, LaMonte Wade Jr. has been everything the Giants could have hoped for and more.

Wade had a .684 OPS and two home runs in 113 plate appearances with Minnesota, but the versatile left-handed hitter has been much improved in San Francisco where he’s posted a .867 OPS with nine home runs in 148 plate appearances.

He’s done it all, however, without recording a single hit against a left-handed pitcher.

In 30 career plate appearances against southpaws, Wade is 0-for-25 with two walks, three hit by pitches and eight strikeouts.

He’s been a surprisingly valuable platoon bat for Gabe Kapler’s Giants this season, but with the club clinging to a 1.0-game lead in the National League West on Wednesday, Wade has been given a new challenge. For the second time in as many days, he’s in the starting lineup against a left-handed pitcher as he’s set to bat seventh and play left field against Dodgers southpaw Julio Urías.


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