LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers end their 10-game homestand with a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, beginning Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Here are the pitching matchups for the three-game series.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Josh Beckett has pitched five scoreless innings in each of his last two starts, and with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings this year has struck out 27.1% of his batters faced, which if it holds would be a career high.
The question 'Why the hell did Colorado trade Dexter Fowler?' can be answered with 23-year-old Jordan Lyles, who is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA and a 56.3% ground ball rate in four starts. It's still early, but Lyles is doing it backwards so far, allowing two total runs in 13... innings at Coors Field, and giving up seven runs in 10 innings on the road, including one start at Petco Park.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
On Thursday, one day after he said Clayton Kershaw would need more than one minor league rehab start, manager Don Mattingly was more cagey about his rotation going forward. On Thursday, Mattingly would only commit to one rehab start for Kershaw, and will make a decision after that start. Asked if Monday's off day could affect the rotation, Mattingly said, "I don't see us pushing anybody back, other than if we got another addition."
That addition, whenever it is, will be Kershaw, which means Saturday could be Paul Maholm's last start in a while. In the first four innings of his three starts, Maholm has a 3.75 ERA, but in the fifth inning he has allowed six runs, including two home runs, while recording seven outs.
Juan Nicasio has 20 strikeouts against five walks this season, and has a 2.79 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 29 innings in five career starts at Dodger Stadium.
Fans can't have a catch with their dads after Saturday's game, but they can watch 'Field of Dreams,' which will be shown on the video boards, the first of three movie nights at Dodger Stadium this season.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Hyun-jin Ryu has allowed two or fewer runs in 13 of his last 17 starts, dating back to 2013, with a 2.42 ERA during that span.
Among Rockies pitchers with 500 innings, Jorge De La Rosa ranks fourth in franchise history with a 107 adjusted ERA+. Watch out, Armondo Reynoso!