The Dodgers will conclude their road trip this weekend in Cincinnati, as their last series outside of the National League West is against an old divisional opponent in the Reds. Here is a look at the television schedule and pitching matchups for the three games at Great American Ball Park.
Friday, 4:10 p.m. (Prime Ticket)
Hyun-jin Ryu was originally scheduled to start the series finale in Denver on Wednesday, then was pushed back to Friday in Cincinnati once Edinson Volquez was slotted in to stretch out the starting rotation. But mild back stiffness will keep Ryu out Friday against the Reds, and instead the Dodgers will turn in the series opener to Chris Capuano, who had a nice bounce back start on Saturday against the Padres. Capuano allowed one run in seven innings with seven strikeouts and just one walk. He has zero or one walk in 12 of his last 13 starts; in the other start, Capuano walked two.
Mike Leake has allowed at least four runs in each of his last four starts, and since the beginning of August is 1-2 with a 7.22 ERA in six starts, with 28 runs, 44 hits and 10 walks allowed in 33⅔ innings.
Friday's game is the 47th and final game called by Eric Collins and Steve Lyons this season. The Dodgers are 29-17 (.630) in the first 46.
Saturday, 10:05 a.m. (Fox)
The National League Pitcher of the Month in August, Zack Greinke began his September with seven strong innings of one-run ball against the Padres on Sunday. Greinke has won his last six starts and has allowed six total runs during that span. Mat Latos has pitched seven quality starts in his last eight outings, including a complete game victory over the Cardinals on Monday. Latos is 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in those eight starts, including 40 strikeouts and 10 walks in 59 innings.
Sunday, 5:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Clayton Kershaw has looked mortal in his last two starts with seven runs and 18 hits allowed in 10⅔ innings. He struck out eight in eight innings in a win over the Reds on July 26 at Dodger Stadium. Homer Bailey allowed just two runs in seven innings in that game in Los Angeles but got hung with the loss. Since that game Bailey is 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA in seven starts.
Kershaw also beat Bailey in their other career matchup, on Sept. 23, 2012, which also came on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.