LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers ended their road trip on a sour note but still return to Los Angeles coming off a winning (4-3) trip. The Dodgers have yet to have even a .500 homestand, but will try again starting with a weekend series against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.
In the Dodgers' four previous homestands they were 2-3 (Giants, Tigers), 4-6 (Diamondbacks, Phillies, Rockies), 3-4 (Giants, Marlins) and 4-6 (Reds, Pirates, White Sox).
At 13-19, the Dodgers have the second-worst home record in baseball, second only to Arizona.
The Dodgers have only one three of their 10 home series all year, and one of those was against the Diamondbacks, taking two of three games April 18-20. Despite the Diamondbacks' terrible home record, they are 17-16 on the road.
Clayton Kershaw gets the call in the series opener, making his 100th career start at Dodger Stadium. Among all pitchers to make at least 50 starts at Dodger Stadium, Kershaw's 2.240 ERA ranks fourth all-time, trailing only Sandy Koufax (1.37), Don Drysdale (2.19) and Dean Chance (2.237).
Chase Anderson is 5-0 with a 3.14 ERA in five career starts, looking to become the first pitcher to win his first six major league starts since Jered Weaver in 2006. The Dodgers rocked Anderson to the tune of five runs in 5⅓ innings, including home runs by Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford, but Arizona pounded Kershaw, et al for an 18-7 stomping.
I'm going to guess Friday night's Kershaw v. Anderson II involves far fewer runs scored.
Then again, maybe we will see runs. Check out these Diamondbacks numbers in June:
- Paul Goldschmidt: .361/.477/.750, three home runs, five doubles, 10 RBI
- Miguel Montero: .342/.386/.711, four home runs, two doubles, 11 RBI
- Didi Gregorius: .316/.417/.632, two home runs in five games
- Chris Owings: .303/.314/.697, three home runs, 10 RBI
- David Peralta: .372/.372/.512, three doubles, home run
- Martin Prado: .341/.375/.409, triple, double
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA