The Dodgers snapped their six-game losing streak on Sunday and now move on to New York to play the Mets, where they will do something they haven't done in four seasons. Given the absurdly high attrition rate of Dodgers pitchers right now it may seem foolish to look ahead, but here are the scheduled starters and television information for the Dodgers and Mets at Citi Field.
If all things hold as planned, the Dodgers will start left-handed pitchers in every game of a series of three games or more since May 25-27, 2009 at Coors Field, when Eric Stults, Eric Milton, and Clayton Kershaw started against the Rockies.
Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. (KCAL)
Kershaw looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak and is coming off just the second three-homer game of his career. National League RBI leader John Buck is 1-for-8 in his career against Kershaw though he also has two walks and a hit by pitch. Marlon Byrd is 6-for-9 in his career against Kershaw. Two days after the Dodgers placed their starting pitcher from Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio on the disabled list in Chad Billingsley, the other MLB starting pitcher from Defiance High School gets the start for the Mets. Jon Niese looks for his third win in the series opener for New York.
Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. (KCAL, ESPN)
Ted Lilly will be activated from the disabled list before the second game of the series to make his 2013 debut, his 54th career start as a Dodger. But will he be a sacrificial lamb against Matt Harvey? The young Mets right-hander is already the first pitcher since 1900 to win his first four starts with no more than 10 total hits allowed, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Harvey also has a streak of four straight starts of seven innings or more and one run or less allowed, the longest streak since Tim Hudson did so for Atlanta in 2007. The last one to have a longer streak to open the season was none other than Fernando Valenzuela, who had seven straight starts in 1981.
Thursday, 10:10 a.m. (Prime Ticket)
Hyun-jin Ryu is the third southpaw to start for the Dodgers in the series, looking to rebound after blowing a 4-0 lead on Saturday morning in Baltimore. Aaron Laffey was penciled in to start the finale for the Mets, but that's why erasers exist, as he was designated for assignment by New York on Sunday. Instead, Jeremy Hefner will start the final game of the series for the Mets.
The Dodgers swept that three-game series in Colorado, by the way, the final three games of Clint Hurdle's tenure with the Rockies.