LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have set two-thirds of their starting rotation for their first series against the Giants, while both teams have yet to announce their starting pitchers for the series finale.
Manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday the Dodgers would open at AT&T Park in San Francisco with Brett Anderson on Tuesday and Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday. Thursday's afternoon finale up north is still undecided. Here is a look at the series matchups:
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Anderson will be starting on five days rest in the series opener, thanks to off days for the Dodgers both Thursday and Monday surrounding the Rockies series at home. He is 0-2 with a 5.25 ERA in three career starts in San Francisco, but after a loss in his rookie 2009 season he has only allowed one run in eight innings at AT&T Park, with seven strikeouts and two walks. Tim Lincecum has a 2.25 ERA and nine strikeouts in 12 innings so far, but the Giants have lost both of his starts, thanks largely to the two total runs of support on offense.
Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kershaw is 8-2 with a 0.83 ERA in 12 career games, including 11 starts, at AT&T Park, which is just absurd and always feels weird to type. His highest ERA in San Francisco in any one season of his career is 1.20, which he did in both 2012 and 2013. He faces off against Madison Bumgarner in one of the great matchups of the season to date. Bumgarner, coming off arguably the greatest October pitching performance ever — seven runs in a record 52⅔ postseason innings, with 45 strikeouts and just six walks — has allowed 10 runs on 22 hits in his 17 innings so far this season.
Thursday, 12:45 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
The Dodgers could go with Zack Greinke in the finale, but as we alluded to on Saturday, the club is leaning toward slotting in a fifth starter earlier in order to get the rest of the rotation rest.
"This is all about guys getting rest. We'll make sure we aren't just throwing these guys out there every five [days] every five, every five for two straight months," Mattingly said. "We know we'll get to a section of time where you have to, where you're locked in. So we're trying to get our guys some extra days early, knowing that stretch is coming."
Beginning Tuesday, the Dodgers play 26 games in their next 27 days, and only have four days off in their next 72 days.
The two most likely candidates to come up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start for the Dodgers on Thursday are Mike Bolsinger and Zach Lee. Bolsinger has yet to allow a run in his two starts this season, and has 17 strikeouts in 11 innings. Lee has pitched similarly well with one run allowed and 13 strikeouts in 12 innings. Bolsinger last pitched Friday and would be on five days rest in San Francisco on Thursday. Lee pitched last Thursday and would be on six days rest.
Joe Wieland has also pitched well — two earned runs, 14 strikeouts in 10 innings — but with 68 pitches and five innings earlier Sunday isn't likely to pitch on three days rest. Scott Baker, who is not on the 40-man roster, is a possible option for Thursday but is scheduled to start for Oklahoma City on Monday.
The day itself for the fifth starter could also change, though that seems less likely at this point.
"We're talking about different options just because of what we're trying to do with rest," Mattingly said. "Things could change."
Jake Peavy was originally scheduled to start for San Francisco in the series finale, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a back strain. The Giants' starter for Thursday hasn't yet been announced but it's down to two candidates:
Bochy plans to insert Vogelsong or Petit into rotation for Peavy against LA on Thursday rather than move starters up. #sfgiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) April 19, 2015