LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers welcome the Reds to town for four games, and with Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake traded Cincinnati has some new blood in its starting rotation. Here is a look at the probable pitchers for this weekend at Dodger Stadium.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Mat Latos has had one effective start as a Dodger, and one ineffective start with his new team, and has struck out one of his 42 batters faced with Los Angeles. Since getting called up at the end of July, Keyvius Sampson has 12 strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings with a 3.00 ERA. This will be his fourth major league appearance, and third major league start.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
In his two starts as a Dodger, Alex Wood has held opponents to hitting .265/.278/.412 the first two times through the order, with 11 strikeouts and one walk. But after that, batters are hitting .333/.529/.583, with four walks and two strikeouts in 17 plate appearances. This will mark his home Dodgers debut. Anthony DeSclafani, who was traded in the offseason from the Marlins for Latos, has four straight quality starts. He made his major league debut at Dodger Stadium with Miami on May 14, 2014; Drew Butera pitched in that game, and pitched quite well.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brett Anderson is coming off his worst start of the year, allowing seven runs in five innings against Washington on Monday. The Reds are hitting .246/.311/.415 against lefties this season, fourth in the National League in OPS and their 37 home runs against southpaws are 12 more than any other NL team. Fellow left-hander David Holmberg, like Sampson, joined the rotation after the Reds trades, and has a 3.06 ERA in three starts, though with nearly as many walks (nine) as strikeouts (12) in 17⅔ innings.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Zack Greinke has won seven straight decisions and has allowed 10 runs and 11 walks in his last 10 starts, with 67 strikeouts. Former Cal State Fullerton pitcher Michael Lorenzen has lost six straight decisions, and in five starts since the break has allowed 27 runs on 31 hits in just 19⅓ innings (a 12.57 ERA), with 14 walks and 18 strikeouts.