The Dodgers finish up a road trip this weekend with three games against the Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, their second run through the National League West. Through four series against divisional foes the Dodgers are just 6-6, with a call-and-response that has produced anything but sweet music.
The Dodgers take their 1-5 road record this season into Petco Park, where we will see these pitching matchups just footsteps away from the Gaslamp Quarter.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Zack Greinke has been the Dodgers' most consistent starter to date, with three quality starts in three tries, four total runs allowed, and 14 strikeouts against only two walks. He allowed only one run on two hits in six innings to the Padres on April 7, a game eventually won by San Diego with a ninth-inning rally.
The good news for Andrew Cashner is that since allowing three home runs to Adrian Gonzalez in a loss at Dodger Stadium on April 8 the right-hander has allowed no earned runs in two starts, with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings. The bad news for him is that he has allowed six unearned runs in those two starts, and has allowed an MLB-high seven unearned runs on the season.
Saturday, 5:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Brandon McCarthy is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three career starts at Petco Park, including allowing one run in 14 innings last year, with 13 strikeouts and a walk. The Padres will activate Ian Kennedy from the disabled list to start the middle game of the series, after the right-hander missed two weeks with a right hamstring strain. He allowed no runs and struck out two in 2⅓ innings in his one start on April 9 before leaving in the third inning with the injury.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
The Dodgers' starter is still TBD, with one of Joe Wieland, Carlos Frias or Scott Baker the likely candidates, in that order, to come up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make the start. The move gives Brett Anderson an extra day of rest, which is probably a good thing since the Padres murder left-handers, to the tune of .359/.414/.514 so far this season (with a .450 batting average on balls in play, but still, there's a lot of right-handed thump in that batting order).
Brandon Morrow has a 3.15 ERA in three starts, with 15 strikeouts and five walks in 20 innings, but also has a 0-0 record thanks in part to four runs scored by San Diego with him in the game.