The Dodgers continue their eastern road trip with a trip to Miami for a four-game series beginning Monday night. The Dodgers will face a quartet of right-handers in Miami, including a strong Rookie of the Year contender and an old friend. Here is a look at the schedule and pitching matchups for the series.
Monday, 4:10 p.m. PT (KCAL)
The best pitching matchup of the series is in the opening game, with the two direct runners up to Yasiel Puig for National League Rookie of the Year will fight for second place. Hyun-jin Ryu has won five straight starts, with a 2.27 ERA during that span, along with 28 strikeouts against just four walks. Jose Fernandez just turned 21 on July 31, and his age-20 season has been fantastic. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since May 27, and he has only allowed more than two runs twice in his last 13 starts, with a 1.65 ERA during that span.
Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. PT (KCAL)
Chris Capuano snapped his "zero or five" string in his last start, but that doesn't mean he was good. Capuano allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings on Wednesday, his second straight start allowing double-digit hits. The Dodgers have won six straight Capuano starts, but that includes comebacks from 8-3, 6-0 and 4-0 down to win by one run. Jacob Turner, 22, has a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts this season, but the Marlins have lost five of his last six starts thanks to 14 total runs of support during that time. The Marlins have scored three or fewer runs in eight of Turner's 14 starts.
Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. PT (KCAL)
Zack Greinke has been in ace mode for about six weeks, and has a consecutive streak of 13⅔ scoreless innings heading into his Wednesday start. The good news for old friend Nathan Eovaldi, who went to Miami in July 2012 in the Randy Choate trade, is his nine quality starts in 11 appearances this season. The bad news for Eovaldi are his two blow-up starts, including Friday against the Marlins when he gave up 11 runs on 12 hits in three innings, the second-most runs allowed by one pitcher in a game in 2013.
Thursday, 9:40 a.m. PT (KCAL)
The Dodgers' earliest start of the season goes to Clayton Kershaw, the major league leader in ERA (1.80), innings pitched (190⅓) and WHIP (0.851). Kershaw has allowed 11 runs in his last nine starts. Henderson Alvarez has lasted at least six innings in eight straight starts, but is 0-3 with a 4.95 ERA in three August starts.
That is quite a young and talented rotation the Dodgers will face this series, with pitchers aged 21, 22, 23 and 23 years old.