The Dodgers are back home beginning Monday night against the Rockies for three games at Dodger Stadium, with five left-handed starters scheduled to pitch in this series. As Justin Ruggiano and Scott Van Slyke stretch and get ready for more playing time, here is a look at the pitching probables in Los Angeles.
Monday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw gets the call in the series opener, looking to extend his streak of six straight starts allowing zero or one earned run. Kershaw has had two such streaks in his last three starts this season, which has lowered his ERA from 3.33 on June 22 to 2.15. Kershaw's career high is seven straight starts with zero or one earned run allowed, accomplished from Sept. 4, 2012 to Apr. 6, 2013, then again from June 8 to July 10, 2014.
Kershaw was the seventh overall pick of the 2006 draft, but will face the third overall pick of the 2013 draft, with Jon Gray making his eighth major league start for the Rockies on Monday. Gray has only allowed two home runs in his seven major league games, and both were against the Mets. He has pitched longer than 5⅓ innings just once so far, a six-inning no-decision against New York on Aug. 10 that saw him allow only one run.
No-decisions have been the name of the game for Gray, with a 0-0 record through seven starts. His seven straight starts with a no-decision to open his career is tied for the longest such streak dating back to at least 1914, along with Al Levine, who began was mostly a reliever but got no-decisions in all seven of his career starts, from 1999-2001
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brett Anderson gets the start on in the middle game on a full eight days rest, likely one of four remaining regular season starts left for the left-hander. If Anderson, who has averaged 5.85 innings per start this season, can pitch at least 22 innings in those four starts, he will earn an additional $1.8 million in performance bonuses.
Chris Rusin has had a roller coaster ride in his last five starts. The left-hander has a pair of complete-game wins, including a five-hit shutout at Coors Field on Aug. 16, but in his other three starts during that span has allowed 20 runs on 25 hits in 11 innings, including allowing 11 runs to the Mets on Aug. 22, tied for the most runs allowed by a pitcher in a game this season.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
The Dodgers' southpaw trio concludes with Alex Wood, making his ninth start as a Dodger but just his third at home in Los Angeles since joining the team. Wood faced the Rockies once this season and struck out six in 5⅔ innings, but also got tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in a loss at Coors Field on July 12.
The series finale will mark the eighth time the Dodgers will have faced a De La Rosa this season, Jorge starts for the Rockies four days after the Dodgers had their way with Rubby in Arizona. The Dodgers have won five of the previous seven games started by a De La Rosa against them this season, but the southpaw Jorge picked up both wins, allowing three runs in 13⅓ innings in his last two starts against the Dodgers, both in May. De La Rosa leads the Rockies with 13 quality starts on the season, and six of his last eight starts have been of the quality variety, with a 2.90 ERA since the beginning of August.