The Dodgers hit the road for six games this week, beginning with a three-game series against arguably the worst team in baseball, the Braves. Atlanta won three straight in Miami over the weekend after losing their first nine games so they return home hot.
Here is a glance at the schedule and scheduled starting pitchers for the series, with the Dodgers using Monday's off day to give their entire starting rotation an extra day of rest this time through the order.
Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood makes his return to Atlanta for the first time since he was traded last July 30. In 164⅓ career innings at Turner Field — consisting of 25 starts and 15 relief appearances — Wood has a 3.23 ERA with 180 strikeouts and 50 walks. Since the start of 2014, Julio Teheran is 14th in baseball with 438⅔ innings, including back-to-back years of 200-plus innings.
Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Ross Stripling has a chance to become the ninth Dodgers pitcher since 1913 to open his career with quality starts in each of his first three major league games.
Williams Perez has allowed seven runs in nine innings in his two starts this season, with five walks and five strikeouts. In four daytime appearances in his brief career, including three starts, Perez has allowed 14 earned runs on 22 hits in 15⅓ innings, with six walks and eight strikeouts.
Thursday, 9:10 a.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Clayton Kershaw gets the call in a disgustingly early start time on getaway day. Thursday is the second-earliest start of the season for the Dodgers, behind only the 9:05 a.m. PT start on July 21 in Washington. In Kershaw's two career starts at Turner Field (once in 2011, then Game 1 of the 2013 NLDS), he has 22 strikeouts and three earned runs allowed in 14 innings.
Matt Wisler has allowed 19 home runs in his 23 major league games, including 21 starts, which isn't too bad except when coupled with a whopping 35 doubles during that span, with opponents sporting a .471 slugging percentage against him. He was originally slated to start Tuesday for Atlanta but pitched an inning in relief on Sunday — getting the save! — so was pushed back a few days in the rotation.