LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hit the less-forgiving part of their schedule beginning Friday night, with 17 straight days with a game, and 26 games in the next 27 days. Their already-thin starting rotation will be tested even more, with no off days to help maneuver the chorus of fill-ins from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
A pair of arms recently up from the minors get the call to open the Dodgers' weekend series against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the three games.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Carlos Frias was pitching as well as his Oklahoma City rotation cohorts, but before this weekend in both of his stints with the big club he was used in relief. On the year in 15 combined innings between Triple-A and the majors, Frias has 17 strikeouts and just one walk. Old friend Rubby De La Rosa has 25 strikeouts and just five walks in 25 innings this year and on Friday he's coming off his best start of the season, allowing just a run in seven innings with eight punchouts against Pittsburgh.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network*)
Scott Baker makes his second start for the Dodgers after lasting seven innings in a loss on San Diego on Sunday. On the season Baker has 22 strikeouts and three walks between the majors and minors, in 24 innings. Jeremy Hellickson in two home starts this season has failed to complete the fifth inning, but in both road starts has pitched exactly 6⅔ innings.
*The MLB Network broadcast, which will be blacked out in the Los Angeles market, will join the game in progress at 7 p.m. PT.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
We have our second battle of the Andersons this season. The Diamondbacks won the first one, on April 10 in Phoenix. Brett Anderson has failed to complete five innings in each of his last two starts, and hasn't recorded an out in the sixth inning since that April 10 game at Chase Field. Chase Anderson started his career in 2014 with victories in each of his five starts, and a 3.14 ERA after those first five games. In 20 starts since, he is 4-8 with a 4.29 ERA.