LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have won four consecutive games and are now 6-3, but find themselves looking up in the division at the Colorado Rockies, who stroll into Los Angeles at 7-2, on a three-game winning streak of their own. Here is a look at the scheduled starting pitching matchups for this weekend's three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw has been strangely human in his first two starts, allowing nine runs in his 12⅓ innings so far this year. That total was more than he allowed in either June or July in 2014, and matched his run total allowed last August. Kershaw also has five walks in two starts after walking 31 in 27 starts all of last year. Kyle Kendrick matches Kershaw with eight earned runs and five walks allowed this season, but his two starts were a tale of two seasons — seven scoreless innings on opening day, then eight runs allowed in five innings in one of Colorado's two losses this season.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
In 30 home starts since joining the Dodgers, Zack Greinke is 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA, with 199 strikeouts and 38 walks in 198⅓ innings, including 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA in four Dodger Stadium starts against the Rockies. Jordan Lyles has quality starts in six of his last eight starts, including both of his starts this season. Despite that he has struck out just five of 48 batters faced this season, a 10.4-percent strikeout rate that ranks 91st among 102 qualified starting pitchers this season.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
In the series finale, the Dodgers turn to Brandon McCarthy, who has pitched to extremes so far this season, entering the weekend tied for the major league lead with 19 strikeouts, and by himself at the top with both six home runs allowed and a 19-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Eddie Butler has a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings so far and the Rockies have won both of his starts, but with six walks and one strikeout on Monday against the Cubs Butler joined a rare group of winning pitchers who walked at least six and struck out no more than one in his start.