The Dodgers ride a six-game winning streak into their weekend series against the Cubs, a battle between the teams with the best record and the second-worst record in the National League. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, WGN)
Dan Haren will try to avoid being the first Dodgers pitcher to lose five straight starts since Chad Billingsley in 2012. Former Capistrano Valley High School graduate Kyle Hendricks makes his fourth major league start. He has allowed five runs in 19⅓ innings, with 14 strikeouts and six walks.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Since returning from the disabled list Hyun-jin Ryu is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA in six home starts, with six quality starts, with 42 strikeouts and two walks in 39⅓ innings. Though eight years older than Hendricks, the 33-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada will also make his fourth major league start on Saturday. The left-hander has allowed seven runs in 16 innings, with 13 strikeouts and six walks.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, WGN)
Josh Beckett has had a rough couple of starts since his return from the disabled list, with four home runs allowed and four walks in eight innings over two starts, with six strikeouts. Old friend Edwin Jackson is in the second year of a lucrative four-year deal with Chicago, but has been bad, especially of late. Over his last nine starts Jackson has a 7.60 ERA with 35 strikeouts, 22 walks and eight home runs allowed in 45 innings. Opposing batters during that span are hitting .326/.397/.564.
This is just the third start back at Dodger Stadium since Jackson was traded by the Dodgers before the 2006 season. He has a 115 ERA in 15⅔ innings in those two starts but his teams — Arizona in 2010, Chicago in 2013 — both scored zero runs in support.