LOS ANGELES -- The suddenly slumping Dodgers try to recover from getting swept in a three-game series for the first time all season when they open a weekday series against the Padres on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. San Diego since the All-Star break is 17-11, owners of the second-best record in the National League during that time.
The Dodgers will use Monday's off day much like they used last Monday's spot start by Kevin Correia, to give everyone in the rotation an extra day of rest in the dog days of summer. But with Hyun-jin Ryu now on the shelf, Correia is back in the mix, starting the opener against San Diego.
Here is a quick look at the starting pitching matchups for three games against the Padres.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Correia makes his sixth start against the Padres since leaving San Diego after 2010. He is 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA facing San Diego since then, including two starts earlier this season while with the Twins, allowing three runs in six innings both times, one win and one no-decision. The Dodgers got to Ian Kennedy for eight runs in 10 innings in his first two starts against them this year, but he fired eight scoreless innings in a no-decision in Los Angeles on July 12.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Roberto Hernandez has allowed just three runs in 12 innings since joining the Dodgers, striking out five in six innings in both of his starts. Old friend Eric Stults is tied with Correia and a few others for the major league lead with 13 losses, but in August the left-hander has been solid, posting a 2-0 record with four runs allowed in three starts.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Zack Greinke since the All-Star break has walked five in a game twice in six starts and is 1-3, but he also has 39 strikeouts in 38⅔ innings and a 2.79 ERA during that span. Tyson Ross has 11 straight quality starts, dating back to June 21, with a 1.97 ERA, 72 strikeouts and 20 walks in 73 innings during that span.