Gonzalez in his career has hit .332/.411/.625 with 20 home runs, 15 doubles and 62 RBI in 71 games at Chase Field, and since joining the Dodgers in 2012 he has been even better in Arizona, hitting .368/.452/.667 with seven home runs, five doubles and 25 RBI in 26 games.
But the first baseman enters Friday in a 3-for-38 slump with no extra-base hits in his last eight games, though he does have 10 walks against ine strikeouts during that span. Dating back to Aug. 11, Gonzalez is 19-for-100, hitting .190/.284/.340 over his last 27 games, with four home runs and 14 RBI.
Justin Turner has similarly struggled in roughly the same period, hitting .172/.267/.276 in 24 games since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 13. Turner had a pair of multi-hit games in the last week, his first since Aug. 14, though he is 0 for his last 10 at the plate.
This is reasonably important since Gonzalez and Turner are the third and fourth hitters in the Dodgers lineup.
The Dodgers have scored 26 runs in six games in Arizona this season (4.33 runs per game) and are 3-3 at Chase Field. They have won 14 of their last 21 games in Phoenix, dating back to 2013, and have averaged 5.57 runs per game during that span.
This is the first matchup between these two teams since July 1, but the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are about to re-familiarize themselves with one another, playing seven times in the next 14 games.
Alex Wood gets the call for the Dodgers in the series opener, having allowed two runs in 13 innings in his last two starts. He faced the Diamondbacks once earlier this season while on the road with the Braves, allowing one run in eight innings in a win on June 1.
Robbie Ray starts for the Diamondbacks, hoping the third time is the charm against the Dodgers, who beat him on June 9 in Los Angeles and on July 1 in Phoenix, with the left-hander allowing six runs in 12⅔ innings.
In case you were wondering, Chase Utley has hit .248/.362/.400 in 29 career games at Chase Field.
Time: 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA