Phoenix is old friend city on Monday night in the Dodgers' series opener against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, with ... Mike Bolsinger facing his old team.
It has been a rough year for Bolsinger, who won the fifth starter job with a strong spring, only to strain his oblique on the very day he was anointed. After missing more than a month, the right-hander has been shaky in his four starts, with his strong start to 2015 getting further and further i the rear-view mirror.
Bolsinger has a 5.75 ERA in four starts this season, averaging just a tick over five innings per start, while failing to last past 5⅔ innings in any start this season. Bolsinger last completed six innings in a major league game on July 22, 2015. In his 10 major league starts since then, 6.11 ERA while averaging 4.57 innings per start.
In his career, Bolsinger has held opposing batters to .250/.309/.397 the first two times through the order, but in the lineup's third time through they are hitting .331/.412/.597.
Zack Greinke enters Monday with a 16-inning scoreless streak, encompassing both of his June starts. He shutout the Rays last Tuesday, and has a 2.57 ERA over his last eight starts to go with a 4.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
He had a rough opening to his record six-year, $206.5 million deal with Arizona, but after lasting just four innings on opening day has gone at least six innings in each of his last 12 starts, something he did in very start for the Dodgers in 2015, 34 games in all counting the postseason.
Greinke has won his last five starts, with a 1.95 ERA during that span.
So far this season, the Diamondbacks are just 12-23 at home, and have been outscored by 33 runs in those 36 games. Only the Braves, at 7-25 in Atlanta, have a worse home record this year in MLB.
Time: 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA