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Tonight's picks to click strategize after last night's win.
Tonight's picks to click strategize after last night's win.

The last time Hiroki Kuroda started at Chase Field, he had the shortest outing of his MLB career. Last July 2, Kuroda allowed six runs and 10 baserunners in just 1 2/3 innings, as the Dodgers got lambasted by Arizona 12-5. Since that start, Kuroda has made 33 starts, and put up a 3.05 ERA in 215 2/3 innings with 38 unintentional walks and 164 strikeouts. Yet Kuroda is just 10-17 during that span, thanks in part to 2.88 runs per game scored by the Dodgers in those starts.

Ian Kennedy has made two starts in his career against the Dodgers, both at Dodger Stadium. He beat the Dodgers on May 15 this season, striking out eight in six innings while allowing just one run. Last year, Kennedy started for the Diamondbacks in the Dodgers' home opener and allowed three home runs to take the loss. That was the 15th time all three starting L.A. Dodger outfielders have homered in the same game.

Lineups

Juan Rivera gets another start tonight, this time at first base, against a right-handed pitcher, while James Loney sits. Rivera is the 104th man ever to start at first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers. At one start at first, Rivera will be tied with the likes of Mike Piazza, Boog Powell, Ed Goodson, Andre Ethier, Marlon Anderson, and 10 others.

Dodgers   Diamondbacks
LF Gwynn
2B Johnson
SS Furcal SS
Drew
RF Ethier RF Upton
CF Kemp CF Young
1B
Rivera C Montero
2B
Miles
3B Blum
3B Uribe 1B Allen
C Navarro LF Parra
P Kuroda P Kennedy

 

Notes

  • The Dodgers are averaging 4.67 runs per game on the road this season, hitting .277/.344/.406, compared to 2.90 runs per game at home this season, hitting .232/.293/.330 at Dodger Stadium.
  • In 50 games at home this season, the Dodgers have scored 145 runs. They have scored 146 runs in their last 32 road games.
  • The Dodgers have the three top road batting averages in the National League this season (minimum 100 PA): Jamey Carroll (.360), Aaron Miles (.358), and Matt Kemp (.352)
  • Kemp, hitting .352/.439/.704 wearing the road grays this season, leads the NL with a .488 road wOBA. Carroll is eighth at .384.
  • The Dodgers have won 10 of their last 14 games at Chase Field, averaging 6.21 runs per game

Game Time: 5:10 p.m.

TV: KCAL

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