The Dodgers play their first road series of the year this weekend in Phoenix, a quick three-game jaunt against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Here are the weekend starting pitching matchups, including a surname battle and a major league debut.
Friday, 6:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Brett Anderson makes his Dodgers debut in the series opener, with five days rest after his final spring tune up on Saturday in Anaheim. It is a battle not only of pitchers with the same last name, with Chase Anderson making his season debut for Arizona, but also a matchup of pitchers both drafted by the Diamondbacks — Brett in 2006, and Chris in 2009.
Saturday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Archie Bradley makes his major league debut for the Diamondbacks in the middle game of the series, but Arizona's top prospect will face a tough task, as he is matched up with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. This game features two starting pitchers who were each drafted seventh overall — Kershaw in 2006, and Bradley in 2011.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
In four starts at Chase Field as a Royal or a Brewer, Zack Greinke allowed 20 runs in 20⅔ innings and his teams lost all four starts. Since joining the Dodgers, Greinke has allowed three runs in 26⅓ innings and is 4-0. Josh Collmenter started opening day for Arizona, allowing 10 hits and five runs in 4⅔ innings in a loss to the Giants. He ended 2014 with nine quality starts in his final 11 home starts, and put up a 2.63 ERA at Chase Field.