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Zack Greinke, Dodgers look for more home cooking

Thearon W. Henderson

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers finally broke through a previously unreachable barrier with their fourth straight win on Tuesday night. Now they send their two best pitchers against the Braves in the final two games of their series, with Zack Greinke taking the ball on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

This is actually the first home start for Greinke since June 28, when he beat the Cardinals with 10 strikeouts in seven innings, allowing one run. Greinke in his last start also struck out 10 in seven innings, this time scoreless on Friday night in San Francisco. Greinke in July is 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA, with 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 27⅓ innings, all in four road starts.

Greinke is 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in eight home starts this season, with 68 strikeouts and 10 walks, and since joining the Dodgers the team is 18-4 in his 22 starts at Dodger Stadium.

Alex Wood has bounced back and forth between the starting rotation and the bullpen for Atlanta this season. He opened the year in the rotation and rejoined the starting crew in June. Wood has a 3.21 ERA in 13 starts with 75 strikeouts and just 18 walks, and opposing hitters are hitting just .253/.297/.373 in that role.

But Wood is also 4-7 as a starter thanks in part to the Braves scoring 37 runs in his 13 starts, just 2.85 per game, including seven games of two or fewer runs.


The Dodgers are 13-5 in their last 18 home games.

The Dodgers have beaten the Braves in 10 of their last 15 meetings at Dodger Stadium, including the playoffs.

The Dodgers are 15-10 against left-handed starters this season.

Scott Van Slyke has started 24 of the 25 games against left-handed starters this season, and is hitting .281/.432/.703 with seven home runs against southpaws this season. Since 2000, only three Dodgers with at least 50 plate appearances against lefties have had a slugging percentage of .700 or higher: Hanley Ramirez (.723 in 2013), Olmedo Saenz (.741 in 2006) and Gary Sheffield (.720 in 2001).

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA