The Dodgers finish up their road trip with four games in the Big Apple against the Mets, looking to return the favor after New York won two of three games in Los Angeles earlier in the month. The Dodgers' starting rotation is very much in flux right now, but here is a look at the probable starting pitchers for the series at Citi Field.
The Dodgers put their best feet forward to start the series, but the weekend is full of question marks.
Thursday, 4:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Clayton Kershaw has a 1.36 ERA in his last 10 starts, with 101 strikeouts and 11 walks in 72⅔ innings, including no runs allowed in his last 20 innings. Bartolo Colon in his last five starts has allowed 21 runs on 40 hits in 27⅔ innings, and is 0-4 with a 6.18 ERA during that span.
Friday, 4:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Zack Greinke is bound to allow a run at some point, though he has allowed none in any of his last six starts, including seven shutout frames on July 4 against the Mets. Greinke's scoreless streak is at 43⅔ innings, so his streak will either end on Friday or he will get closer to Orel Hershiser's record than anyone else ever has.
Speaking of scoreless, Jonathon Niese has allowed zero runs in two of his last three starts, and has a string of eight straight quality starts since the start of June, with a 2.28 ERA during that span.
Saturday, 4:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brandon Beachy was optioned after Monday's start, which opens Saturday up for the major league debut of Zach Lee. He was up for one day as the 26th man for the second game of the Dodgers' doubleheader in Washington on July 18, and as such isn't subject to the normal 10-day requirement after getting sent back to the minors. Lee is in line for Saturday after pitching seven strong innings on Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
After going 47 straight starts without walking more than three batters in a game, dating back to 2012, Matt Harvey has walked at least four in three straight games, including issuing five free passes to the Dodgers on July 4. Through June, Harvey had 96 strikeouts and 17 walks, but in July has 16 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Sunday, 10:10 a.m. (SportsNet LA, TBS)
While Greinke leads baseball with eight starts allowing no runs this season, second place in the National League belongs to Jacob deGrom, who sports a 2.18 ERA heading into Sunday's series finale.
The Dodgers starter is up in the air, and as I type this possibly literally on the team flight to New York. It could be Brett Anderson, who has no structural damage to the Achilles tendon and will attempt to throw Thursday, which could lead to a Friday bullpen session in advance of remaining in the rotation for his turn.
Carlos Frias is still on the disabled list but could conceivably be ready in a pinch for Sunday, maybe. Joe Wieland started Tuesday for Triple-A and would be on regular rest Sunday, and is on the 40-man roster.
This Sunday, the TBS broadcast will not be blacked out in Los Angeles.