The Dodgers head down to San Diego for a weekend series against the Padres, beginning Friday night at Petco Park. This is the fourth series between the two teams this season, with the Dodgers taking the first three series, each two games to one.
Here is your weekend television schedule and probable pitching matchups for the National League West matchup.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw has allowed two runs in his last three starts, with 28 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings. Odrisamer Despaigne allowed 15 runs in two starts in early May when he rejoined the starting rotation, but since then has a 2.42 ERA in four starts, with 16 strikeouts and three walks in 26 innings.
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Zack Greinke since joining the Dodgers has allowed nine runs in nine starts against the Padres, never more than two runs in any game, with 51 strikeouts and 14 walks in 58⅔ innings. He has allowed two runs in three starts against San Diego this season, including seven scoreless innings at Petco Park on April 24. After a four-game losing streak to end May, Ian Kennedy has improved in June with 14 strikeouts and two walks in 11 innings with his two starts, with a 4.09 ERA.
We don't get a classic early Saturday start time in San Diego mostly because of the exclusive Fox window from 4-7 p.m. PT on Saturday, pushing the middle game of the series to a more normal 7:10 p.m. start.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Mike Bolsinger allowed a leadoff single then retired his final 23 batters faced, including eight strikeouts in his last start against the Padres, on May 23 at Dodger Stadium. a James Shields is still tied for the National League lead with 15 home runs allowed, but he hasn't given up any in his last three starts. Shields is second in the NL with 98 strikeouts, three behind Kershaw.