The Dodgers are halfway through their Pennsylvania road trip, with only three games remaining against the Pirates in a possible playoff preview in Pittsburgh. Here is a look at the schedule and probable pitching matchups for the weekend series at PNC Park.
Friday, 4:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
The opener features a pitching matchup most outstanding, with Clayton Kershaw taking his 37 consecutive scoreless innings into Pittsburgh. Kershaw is down to fifth in the National League with his 2.37 ERA. A couple of spots ahead of him is Gerrit Cole at 2.29 in third. Cole has allowed more than three runs just once in 21 starts this season, and in his last six starts has allowed 14 total runs, with 36 strikeouts and only four walks.
This ESPN broadcast, with the Sunday night crew of Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Curt Schilling, will be blacked out in the Los Angeles area.
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, Fox Sports 1)
Mat Latos makes his second start as a Dodger, and has lasted at least six innings in each of his last six starts. The Pirates have won each of Francisco Liriano 's last six starts, and the left-hander during that span has a 2.13 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 38 innings, with 14 walks.
The Fox Sports 1 broadcast, with Justin Kutcher and Preston Wilson, will be available to watch in the Los Angeles area.
Sunday, 5:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Alex Wood was magnificent in his Dodgers debut through six innings before hitting a wall in the seventh on Tuesday night. The Pirates are 10-9 against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Charlie Morton rebounded from a 5.04 ERA in July, with 19 strikeouts and 15 walks in five starts, with seven scoreless innings in his first start of August, on Monday at Cincinnati, with seven strikeouts and no walks.