The Dodgers welcome the Rays to Los Angeles for the first time ever in a battle of two of the hottest teams in baseball. The Dodgers are 34-8 since June 22, the best mark in MLB during that span, and the Rays are second best at 29-11. Here is a look at the television schedule and starting pitching matchups for the three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium.
In their last 42 games Dodgers pitchers have a 2.60 ERA, the best mark in the majors. The Rays were the best during that span until allowing nine runs in Arizona on Wednesday; now the Rays hold a 2.80 ERA in their last 39 games.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
Chris Capuano since returning from the disabled list on June 19 has made eight starts; in five of them he has allowed no runs, and in the other three he has allowed exactly five earned runs each time. Capuano on Friday brings an active streak of 13 consecutive scoreless innings to the mound. David Price since returning from the DL has been very ace-like with 10 runs allowed in seven starts. Price has a 1.57 ERA during that span and has lasted nine innings in four of the seven games.
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. (Fox)
Zack Greinke has a 1.91 ERA over his last six starts, with 34 strikeouts and eight walks during that span. Roberto Hernandez, who used to be Fausto Carmona, has lost each of his last four road starts, allowing 15 runs in 23⅓ innings during that span (5.79 ERA).
Sunday, 5:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Clayton Kershaw has allowed two runs in 14 innings in his last two starts, both Dodgers losses. The team has scored two or fewer runs in 13 of Kershaw's 24 starts this season. In those 13 games Kershaw has been his normal self with a 1.97 ERA, but the Dodgers are 4-9. After 17 strikeouts and no walks in his first two starts of July, Jeremy Hellickson has 10 walks and just 10 strikeouts in his last four starts combined.