The Dodgers have a chance to continue their climb in the National League West, hosting the Diamondbacks for three games this weekend, beginning Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers haven’t lost a home series to the Diamondbacks since June 11-13, 2013, a little more than a week before their historic 42-8 run started. LA is 19-6 against the D-backs at Dodger Stadium in games since then, winning all seven three-game series and splitting the one four-game set (in 2015).
This season, Arizona has been a much better team on the road, going 25-25 and only getting outscored by 10 runs, compared to 17-35 with a minus-71 run differential at home.
At Dodger Stadium in 2016, the Dodgers are 31-19, the fifth-best home record in baseball, and have won 14 of their last 18 in Los Angeles.
Kenta Maeda gets the ball for the series opener, with a 3.20 ERA and 3.53 FIP in 10 home starts, with 64 strikeouts and 15 unintentional walks in 59 innings at Dodger Stadium.
Six of his 10 quality starts have come at home, including his last home start when he struck out 13 Padres in seven innings on July 10.
Maeda has faced Arizona three times this season, 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA with 15 strikeouts and three walks in 15⅔ innings. In his one home start against the Diamondbacks, on April 12, Maeda pitched six scoreless innings.
Zack Godley has had a rough go of it this year in his brief time in the majors, with a 5.88 ERA in his eight games, including four starts. In July he has a 6.88 ERA in three starts, allowing at least four runs in each outing.
In 15 games, including 14 starts, between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in 2016, the 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.62 ERA with 69 strikeouts and 26 walks in 82 innings.
Godley pitched once in relief against the Dodgers this season, retiring both batters he faced (Joc Pederson, Justin Turner) on June 15 in Phoenix. He did face Oklahoma City on July 14, allowing one run in seven innings, with Austin Barnes — now with Los Angeles — going 1-for-3 against the right-hander.
The Diamondbacks are 4-8 since the All-Star break, allowing 77 runs during that span (6.42 per game), though two of those wins came against the Dodgers in their three-game series at Chase Field from July 15-17.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
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