The Dodgers look for their fourth road win in as many tries against the Diamondbacks this season on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, and will turn to National League West tormenter Zack Greinke.
Greinke since joining the Dodgers last year has made 14 starts against divisional foes. He is 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA against the NL West, with 80 strikeouts and 25 walks in 87⅓ innings, and the Dodgers have won 12 of the 14 games. Take out the two games at Coors Field and Greinke has a 1.64 ERA against the NL West and the Dodgers are 11-1.
Against the Diamondbacks Greinke was 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three starts in 2013.
But then again, Greinke has been great against just about everybody since just before the 2013 All-Star break. In his last 18 regular season starts Greinke has allowed 23 total runs and the Dodgers have won 15 of the 18 games. Greinke in those contests is 11-2 with a 1.73 ERA, with 109 strikeouts and 24 walks in 119⅔ innings.
Greinke has a streak of 14 straight starts of at least five innings with two or fewer runs allowed. If he does it again on Saturday, he'll match Mat Latos (in 2010) for the longest such streak in baseball dating back to 1914.
Aaron Hill is 10-for-30 (.333) with a home run and a double against Greinke in his career. Paul Goldschmidt is 4-for-12 (.333) with a home run and a double, and Miguel Montero is 4-for-16 (.250) with a home run, a double, and a hit by pitch. Martin Prado is 3-for-15 (.200) with a double, while Gerardo Parra is 4-for-17 (.235) with a walk. Cliff Pennington, starting at shortstop for Arizona, is 0-for-9 with three walks against Greinke.
Wade Miley struck out eight Dodgers in five innings in an Opening Day loss in Australia, and has seven strikeouts in 15 innings in his last two starts, both wins.
Opposing starting pitchers against the Dodgers so far this season have a 5.22 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 19 walks in 60⅓ innings, averaging 5.48 innings per start. Opposing relievers have a 1.62 ERA in 39 innings, with 40 strikeouts and 13 walks.
- The Dodgers hit three doubles on Friday night, their sixth time in 11 games this season hitting three or more doubles in a game. The Dodgers lead the majors with 27 doubles, and also have hit the most doubles per game (2.45).
- The 12 doubles allowed by the Dodgers' pitching staff ranks sixth-best in the majors.
- Adrian Gonzalez was 1-for-14 with two walks and a sacrifice fly with runners on base this year before going 3-for-3 with runners on in Friday night's game.
- After Friday's game, Gonzalez has exactly 500 career plate appearances against the Diamondbacks in 118 career games, and is the active MLB leader in both home runs (25) and RBI (82) against Arizona.
- Matt Kemp in 103 games and 411 career plate appearances ranks second among active players in home runs (23) against the Diamondbacks and third in RBI (67). He gets the start in center field against the left-handed Miley.
- Andre Ethier, who ranks second among active players with 76 career RBI against Arizona, sits against the southpaw.