The Dodgers open the fourth Juan Castro Era Friday night with a home game against the Diamondbacks. Clayton Kershaw faces off with Joe Saunders in a battle of southpaws. Here are some pregame notes, one each for each member of tonight's starting lineup:
- Jamey Carroll went 0-for-5 on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but still managed to hit .423/.483/.462 during the six-game road trip (11-for-26, with three walks)
- Aaron Miles is hitting .326 in his last 12 games, including 10 starts, but his OPS during that span is just .698 because he has no walks in 44 plate appearances
- In 38 career home games against Arizona, Andre Ethier is hitting .409/.470/.644, with eight doubles, seven home runs, 36 runs, and 32 RBI. Ethier is 5-for-10 with a home run off Saunders.
- In 18 games at Dodger Stadium this season, the Dodgers have hit nine home runs. Matt Kemp has hit five of them.
- Juan Uribe is currently in a 5-for-41 slump, hitting .122/.182/.146 over his last 11 games
James Loney has batted with 19 runners on base in May, including 11 in scoring position. Even though Loney has a .385 on-base percentage in those 13 plate appearances, he has yet to drive in a run this month. However, Loney is 6-for-15 with a double and a home run in his career of Saunders.
- In 2010 as a Dodger, Rod Barajas scored nine runs, had three doubles, five home runs, 13 RBI and six walks, in 72 PA; in 2011, Barajas has scored nine runs, hit three doubles, six home runs, 13 RBI and six walks, in 119 PA
- In all of 15 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers this year, Jerry Sands is hitting .308/.400/.462, with two walks and just one strikeout.
Clayton Kershaw started against Arizona thrice last season, and was 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA, with seven walks and 24 strikeouts in 19 innings.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket