The Dodgers finish up their road trip this weekend in the city of brotherly love with a three-game series against the Phillies. Here is a look at the starting pitching matchups for the three games.
Friday, 4:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw after his blow-up start on Saturday in Phoenix takes a 4.43 ERA into his start on Friday, the first time he's had a seasonal ERA starting with a four since May 4, 2010, his other seven-runs-in-under-two-innings start that saw his ERA rise to 4.99. Kershaw's ERA in the 128 starts in between was 2.26.
Roberto Hernandez returns to the rotation for the Phillies, making his first start since May 9 after a pair of relief appearances. The former Fausto Carmona had a 4.59 ERA in six years with Cleveland through 2011 before it was revealed he was using a fake name. As Hernandez, the right-hander has pitched for three teams in three years with a 4.89 ERA.
Saturday, 12:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Dan Haren has seen his strikeout rate fall from 20.8 percent in April to 12.7 percent in May, with a subsequent increase in both ERA (2.03 to 4.56) and opponents OPS (.685 to .760). Philadelphia will call up right-hander David Buchanan for his major league debut. The 25-year-old was 5-1 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, with 31 strikeouts and 17 walks in 40⅔ innings.
Buchanan will be the fifth pitcher in nine games facing the Dodgers in either their first or second major league game, and the sixth this season. The Dodgers are 3-2 in those games, and Drew Butera pitched in both losses.
Sunday, 10:35 a.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett were teammates with the Marlins from 2001-2005 before migrating to the American League East. Both allowed 55 home runs and had 11 intentional walks during that span.
Beckett has allowed four runs in each of his last two road starts, and Burnett is tied for the major league lead with 30 walks this season.