The Dodgers and Braves meet for a second time this season, with a weekend series at Dodger Stadium. Atlanta sends its three best pitchers to the mound during the three-game series in Los Angeles.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda is coming off a start in which he pitched five scoreless innings, but was also hit on the hand by a line drive. It has been four weeks since he lasted six innings in a start, something that would be helpful with Julio Urias and Mike Bolsinger now with extended rotation stays. Maeda has averaged 4.75 innings in his last four starts.
Julio Teheran has been a bright spot on an otherwise terrible Braves team, sporting a 2.77 ERA with a 22.1-percent strikeout rate. He has allowed three or fewer runs in eight straight starts, but Atlanta is 2-9 in his starts because the team has scored 24 total runs in those 11 starts, topping out at four runs, once.
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw will start on five days rest in each of his next two starts. This season, Kershaw has a 1.63 ERA in five starts on five days rest, which is somehow worst than his 1.47 ERA in six starts on four days rest.
Fellow former first-round pick Mike Foltynewicz, the 19th overall pick in 2010, has allowed one run in each of his last two starts, and has a 3.51 ERA in his six starts this season, with 28 strikeouts and eight walks in 33⅓ innings.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Scott Kazmir makes his first start of June, after improving from a 19.1-percent strikeout rate in April to a 28.6-percent rate in May. The left-hander put up a 3.49 ERA in six May starts, including just one run allowed in 12 innings over his last two starts.
Matt Wisler was an absolute innings horse in May for the Braves, averaging over seven innings per start while sporting a 2.51 ERA in 43 innings. The 23-year-old right-hander has just 17 walks in 11 starts, with more than two free passes just once all year.