The Dodgers open up their schedule after the All-Star break against the Diamondbacks for three games in Phoenix, and will send three right-handed pitchers to the mound this weekend at Chase Field. Here is a look at the schedule for the series and the probable pitchers.
Those pitchers won't include Clayton Kershaw, who is still recovering from his mild disc herniation in his back, nor will they include Zack Greinke, still out for Arizona as he recovers from a left oblique strain.
The series also won't include Shelby Miller, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday with his 7.14 ERA in 14 starts this season. Arizona plays to recall left-handed pitcher Edwin Escobar before Friday's game. Here are the probable starting pitchers for the three-game series in Phoenix.
Friday, 6:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Bud Norris gets the call out of the gate for the Dodgers on eight days rest, after allowing three runs in 11 innings in his first two starts as a Dodger. He looks to improve on his career marks against the Diamondbacks and in Phoenix, both of which seem impossible to get any worse.
Norris is 0-7 with a 13.92 ERA in eight career games, including five starts, against the Diamondbacks, and 0-4 with a 15.07 ERA in five games, including three starts at Chase Field. The caveat here is that since the start of 2013, his only times facing Arizona were three relief appearances, totaling all of 1⅓ innings.
Patrick Corbin has allowed 16 runs (11 earned) in 14⅓ innings in his last three starts, allowing five home runs during that span while walking more batters (12) than he struck out (seven). The left-hander has two quality starts against the Dodgers this season, allowing one run in six innings in a no-decision on April 12 in Los Angeles, and allowing three runs in 6⅓ innings in a loss on June 15 in Arizona.
Saturday, 5:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brandon McCarthy has struck out 35.9 percent of his batters faced in his first two starts back from Tommy John surgery, a pair of five-inning wins throwing 72 and 77 pitches, respectively. He starts this game on six days rest.
Archie Bradley has pitched three straight quality starts, and in his last five outings has a 3.41 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 12 walks in 29 innings. Bradley this season has made six road starts and five home starts, but has allowed nine of his 10 home runs at Chase Field.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda starts the series finale on six days rest after his best major league start to date, striking out 13 in seven innings last Sunday against the Padres. Maeda has allowed three total runs (two earned) in 11⅓ innings and two starts against the Diamondbacks this season. He left his June 14 start in Arizona early after taking a line drive off of his right leg, though X-rays were negative.
Robbie Ray has struck out at least six batters in each of his last nine starts, and on the season has 115 strikeouts in his 97⅓ innings. Ray has a 5.92 ERA in nine home starts this season. The left-hander allowed two runs in 6⅓ innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on April 14, striking out six but also walking five.