The Dodgers played the Diamondbacks in 14 of their first 71 games this season, but the two teams haven't seen one another since June 15, and this brief two-game set is their first meeting in Arizona since May 18. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for two games in Phoenix, beginning Tuesday night.
Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Roberto Hernandez makes his fourth start as a Dodger. He is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA against the Diamondbacks in 2014, including his first-ever start at Chase Field. On April 25 Hernandez allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. That was one of eight starts (out of 26) this season with five or more strikeouts this season for Hernandez, including two of his three starts with Los Angeles.
The Dodgers helped kick Trevor Cahill out of the rotation by scoring 12 runs in eight innings against him in two of his first four starts of the season. But after a six-week stint in the minors to regroup Cahill has rebounded nicely, 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA in seven starts since returning to the Arizona starting staff, with 31 strikeouts and 12 walks in 42 innings.
Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
The last time Clayton Kershaw was in Phoenix he had one of the worst starts of his career, allowing seven runs while recording only five outs in a loss to the Diamondbacks. Since then he has allowed seven runs in only one of 15 different three-start stretches. In 17 starts since that May 17 disaster, Kershaw has allowed 20 runs and 18 walks, with a 1.37 ERA, a 13-2 record and 156 strikeouts in 131 innings.
This will be Wade Miley 's fifth start against the Dodgers this season, and Wednesday will become the first pitcher to start against the Dodgers in four home games in one season since 1961 (Bob Buhl, Dick Ellsworth, Joe Gibbon and Larry Jackson did so that year). Miley has yet to allow a single to Scott Van Slyke in 19 career plate appearances; this season Van Slyke has settled for three home runs, three doubles and two walks in 11 plate appearances.