Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The Dodgers, 39-39 on the road this season, begin their final series away from home Tuesday night, battling the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
It's been more than four months since the Dodgers last played in San Diego, as the two teams split a two-game series May 16-17. When the Dodgers left Petco Park they were 25-13 and just started a six-game winning streak that would take them to 30-13, the high-water mark of 17 games over .500 that they reached six times but never surpassed.
Since that series the Dodgers are 54-61 while the Padres are 59-55. The Dodgers have eight new players via trade on the active roster since May, plus four more who have been added to the 40-man. Matt Kemp is active, though not quite fully healthy, but has since recovered from the left hamstring strain that sidelined him during that May series.
Chase Headley has hit 22 home runs in 66 games since the All-Star break, more home runs than anyone has hit for the Dodgers all season. Hanley Ramirez does have 24 long balls on the season, but 14 of those were hit with Miami.
Tuesday's Pitching Matchup
Josh Beckett looks for his second win as a Dodger, six days after a 6-0 lead couldn't get it done in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. Beckett was cruising, having allowed just two hits and no runs in seven innings, put allowed two home runs and three runs in the eighth inning, starting a six-run rally that tied the game. Beckett has 26 strikeouts against just six unintentional walks in 31 1/3 innings as a Dodger.
Edinson Volquez started on opening day against the Dodgers, and has started three other games against them this season. He has lasted exactly five innings in each of those four games, and the Dodgers have won three of them, thanks in part to the 6.30 ERA by Volquez and his 16 walks in 20 innings, to go with 21 strikeouts.
Since the All-Star break, Volquez has a 5.60 ERA in 12 starts. He has 68 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings during that span, but also has walked 37.
Game Time: 7:05 p.m.