The Dodgers return home for a quick three-game breather against the Reds, ending their stretch of 20 games in 20 days before an off day on Thursday. Here is a look at the starting pitching matchups this series at Dodger Stadium.
Monday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Clayton Kershaw has allowed one stolen base attempt that required a throw from the catcher in his last 28 starts (it was a successful attempt, last Sept. 2, with Yasmani Grandal unable to throw out Kelby Tomlinson at second base), with Kershaw also picking off five runners during that span. This season, no runners have attempted to steal against Kershaw in nine starts.
Cincinnati is sixth in the National League with 25 steals, led by Billy Hamilton's eight.
Brandon Finnegan was part of the haul the Reds got last July from the Royals for Johnny Cueto. Now moved from the bullpen to starting, Finnegan has a 4.44 ERA in nine starts this season, and on the road he has more walks (17) than strikeouts (16).
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
The Reds will call up Daniel Wright from Triple-A Louisville for his major league debut, per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 25-year-old right-hander has an 0.79 ERA in 10 games across two levels this year, including four starts, with 32 strikeouts and five walks in 34 innings. In two Triple-A starts, Wright's ERA is 1.29 with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 14 innings. He was drafted in the 10th round in 2013 out of Arkansas State.
After Ross Stripling pitched three innings in relief on Sunday, he's out for Tuesday. Mike Bolsinger seems the most likely for the middle game for the Dodgers, but we'll find out soon.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Scott Kazmir after walking seven and allowing two home runs on Friday night is coming off arguably his worst start of the season, but the fact that that title is even in doubt is perhaps the most frustrating of all. Kazmir has allowed three home runs to 110 batters faced at home this season, much better than on the road, were 118 batters have hit nine homers against him.
Dan Straily has arguably been the Reds' best starter this season (with the bulk of the argument on the disabled list in the form of Raisel Iglesias). The right-hander has a 2.85 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 47⅓ innings, but also has walked 23 batters.
Reds starting pitchers have the worst strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.63) in baseball.