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Brandon Beachy is 12th Dodgers starting pitcher in 2015

Photo: Jon SooHoo | LA Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- When a Brandon Beachy throws his first pitch on Saturday night against the Brewers, he will be the 12th different Dodgers starting pitcher this season.

That matches the total for the entire 2014 season, and continues a long tradition of using several starters.

From 2005-2014, the Dodgers averaged 10.6 starting pitchers per year, and have used between nine and 12 starters every year dating back to 1998.

But this year, with Saturday marking just Game No. 89, and with the trade deadline approaching, this year could see that number still grow.

The Dodgers franchise record for starting pitchers used in a season is 19, set in 1944. Though that seems like an outlier smack dab in the middle of World War II. That is five more than any other season.

The second-highest total of starters used is 14 pitchers, used both in 1942 and 1952. The Dodgers have used 13 starting pitchers 10 times, the last time in 1964.

One record that seems sure to be broken is total pitchers used by a Dodgers team. Beachy will be the 26th different pitcher for the team this season, just one shy of the franchise record, set in 2013.

For what it's worth, Beachy is 1-0 in three career starts against the Brewers, allowing three runs (only one earned run) in 19 innings against them, with 22 strikeouts and four walks. But he hasn't faced them in forever (2012).

Beachy hasn't faced anyone in forever. Aug. 20, 2013 was his last major league game, so Saturday night is as much of a clean slate as there is.

"I can't even remember 23 months ago," Beachy joked on Friday.

Dodgers pitching as a whole has allowed two total runs in their last three games, their best three-game stretch of the season. Their best four-game stretch this year is four runs allowed, set both from June 23-26 and June 25-28.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA