Clayton Kershaw started the Dodgers' last game in Detroit, on June 15, 2008, his fifth major league start. But even though he just misses this series, the two games feature three former Cy Young Award winners. Here are the pitching matchups for both games against the Tigers.
Tuesday, 4:08 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Hyun-jin Ryu struggled in three interleague road starts in 2013, allowing 12 runs on 21 hits in 17⅓ innings in games in Baltimore, New York and Toronto. Justin Verlander reached his nadir on June 16 with a 4.98 ERA after his fifth start out of seven with five or more runs allowed. But in his last three starts Verlander put up a 3.32 ERA with 20 strikeouts and only two walks in 19 innings.
For those outside of Los Angeles and Detroit, the MLB Network broadcast will be a separate production, with Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat on the call, along with reporter Sam Ryan.
Wednesday, 10:08 a.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Zack Greinke gets the start on getaway day. Since joining the Dodgers he is 7-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 13 daytime starts, with 81 strikeouts and 19 walks in 83⅔ innings. Fellow former American League Cy Young Award winner and current 2014 All-Star Max Scherzer has a 1.71 ERA with 28 strikeouts and four walks in his 21 innings over his last three starts, all Tigers wins. He struck out eight and allowed two runs in seven innings in a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on April 8.
Fellow All-Star Dee Gordon led off that game with a home run off Scherzer.