The Dodgers return home in first place and after Monday's off day begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days. The first eight of those games are at home, starting with a three-game series against the Braves, the first meeting between the two teams since the 2013 NLDS.
In a move conveniently planned before the All-Star break, the Dodgers used their two off days surrounding the series in San Francisco to skip Dan Haren in the rotation, giving the right-hander extra rest, which may or may not be extended by this week's non-waiver trade deadline.
Haren won't be pitching against Atlanta, but here are the matchups for the three games.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Josh Beckett makes his second start since getting activated off the disabled list, this time with a robust six days of rest after the aforementioned two off days. Beckett has a 2.70 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 17 walks in 60 innings in 10 starts at home this season, but only a 1-4 record to show for it. Old friend Aaron Harang began the season flirting with no-hitters left and right in April, and has settled in to be a stabilizing force in the Atlanta rotation. Harang has allowed three runs in 20 innings in his last three starts.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Zack Greinke enters Tuesday eight strikeouts shy of his 2013 seasonal total, in 46 fewer innings. Since rejoining the Braves rotation on June 25, Alex Wood has a 3.47 ERA in six starts with 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 36⅓ innings.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw goes for a 10th straight win for the second time in his career. He has double-digit strikeouts in each of his last three starts at Dodger Stadium, with 39 strikeouts, three walks and eight hits allowed in 25 innings. Entering Monday, 23-year-old Julio Teheran ranks third in the National League with 149⅓ innings and is tied for second in the league — with Harang — with 18 quality starts.