The Dodgers got one monkey off their back with an interleague road series win in Seattle over the weekend, their first series win in an American League park since 2009. Now the Dodgers return home and have a larger (rally) monkey to get off their back with the Angels in town.
In the first two years of interleague play, the Dodgers and Angels played series of two games in length, with the Dodgers winning five of their first eight matchups with that team from Anaheim. Since then, these two teams have played 26 series, all three-games in length.
The Angels have won 18 of those 26 series, including each of the last four. Again, the Dodgers look to do something in interleague play that they haven't done since 2009, the last time they won a series against the Angels.
The Dodgers are just 36-50 (.419) all-time against the Halos, including just 21-22 (.488) at Dodger Stadium. The Angels have won the series in Los Angeles in each of the last three seasons, and have won eight of their last 10 games at Chavez Ravine.
Tonight's Pitching Matchup
Chris Capuano looks for his ninth win of the season, and looks to improve on his June performance so far. Capuano had a run of eight consecutive quality starts heading into this month but so far in two June starts has allowed 11 runs (eight earned runs) in 10 1/3 innings, including four home runs.
The last Dodgers pitcher with nine wins in the team's first 62 games was Kazuhisa Ishii, who began his first season with the Dodgers in 2001 with a 10-1 record in his first 12 starts.
Garrett Richards was recalled by the Angels when Jered Weaver went on the disabled list on May 29. After pitching one inning in relief, Richards allowed one run in seven innings last Tuesday against Seattle, with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket, MLB Network, Fox Sports West (Angels broadcast)