Dodgers turn to Zack Greinke to break hex vs. Angels

Mike McGinnis

Greinke is making his second consecutive start against a team he played with in 2012.

The Dodgers and Angels play a split four-game series beginning Monday night at Dodger Stadium. The schedule is different than in recent years, with interleague rivals eschewing three-game series in favor of a pair of two-game series back-to-back in each others' home park.

But lately it doesn't seem to matter where these two teams play, as the Angels have dominated the Dodgers in recent years.

At home the Dodgers have lost four consecutive series to the Angels and have lost five of their last six home series to them, with a 6-12 record at Dodger Stadium against the Halos since 2007. In Anaheim it's even worse as the Dodgers have lost seven of their last eight series in Anaheim. The Dodgers on the road against the Angels have lost 17 of their last 24 and 23 of their last 32 games.

The Dodgers at home this season are just 12-15, and have been outscored by nearly a run per game, 112-86.

Zack Greinke makes his third start at Dodger Stadium as a Dodger, looking for more home success. Greinke is 2-0 at home and has only allowed one run in 11⅔ innings, with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

None of the currently active Angels have homered against Zack Greinke. There are only three with more than five plate appearances against him: Josh Hamilton is 1-for-19 (.053) with a walk, Erick Aybar is 7-for-16 (.438) with four doubles, and Albert Pujols is 7-for-24 (.292) with two doubles and four walks.

C.J. Wilson, who has five consecutive quality starts in May, allowed one run in seven innings against the Dodgers in a no-decision last June 12, his only career appearance at Dodger Stadium.

Adrian Gonzalez is 4-for-10 (.400) against Wilson with four runs batted in. Carl Crawford is 3-for-21 (.143) with a home run, Mark Ellis is 2-for-17 (.118) with two walks, and Nick Punto is 2-for-6 with five walks against Wilson.

Punto is hitting .464/.531/.536 (13-for-28) against left-handed pitching this season. Counting 2012, Punto as a Dodger against left-handed pitching is hitting .514/.585/.571 (18-for-35 with six walks).

Game info

Time: 5:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket, Fox Sports West

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