We are in June, and the Dodgers are making their first trip of the season to Arizona for a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the series, starting with an old friend in the opening game on Monday night.
Monday, 6:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Mike Bolsinger had a 3.07 ERA in three starts against his old team in 2015, with 13 strikeouts and six walks in 14⅔ innings. But he also succumbed to food poisoning from bad shellfish and had to leave after four scoreless innings last June 29.
Zack Greinke faces his most recent old team for the first time in the series opener, having already allowed nearly as many runs this year (37) in 13 starts as he did in 2015 (43) in 32 starts. The right-hander also has 16 scoreless innings in two June starts, and a 2.57 ERA in his last eight starts with 49 strikeouts and 10 walks in 56 innings , looking very much like the Greinke people in Arizona were expecting.
Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda has allowed three runs in his last three starts, with 17 strikeouts and five walks in 18 innings, and is coming off a season-high nine strikeouts on Wednesday against Colorado. In one start against the Diamondbacks this year, Maeda pitched six scoreless innings on April 12 at Dodger Stadium.
Archie Bradley has been up and down between Triple-A Reno and Arizona this season, putting up a 1.99 ERA in seven Pacific Coast League starts. Now, in his third major league stint of 2016 has a 3.79 ERA in his last three starts since returning with 24 strikeouts and eight walks in 19 innings.
Wednesday, 12:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw gets the call in the series finale, the Dodgers' 67th game, looking for this 10th win on what would be the earliest point in the season for him. Kershaw's previous record was in 2014, when he picked up his 10th win in the Dodgers' 89th game, which is pretty remarkable since he missed all of April with the only disabled list stint of his career.
Patrick Corbin has allowed 18 runs and 25 hits in 22⅓ innings (a 6.85 ERA) in his last four starts, though also with 19 strikeouts and six walks during that span. He is the only left-handed pitcher the Dodgers are scheduled to face all week. He allowed just one run in six innings at Dodger Stadium on April 12.