The Padres come to town to finish off the pre-All-Star break schedule, with four games against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Here is a look at the schedule for the series as well as the probable starting pitchers.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Hyun-jin Ryu makes his first start in a major league game that counts for the first time in 640 days, since Game 4 of the 2014 NLDS. Ryu before shoulder surgery was 4-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five career starts against the Padres, with 32 strikeouts and five walks in 32⅓ innings.
Drew Pomeranz has been a bright spot for the Padres this season, putting up a 2.65 ERA and 3.20 FIP in 16 starts, with 109 strikeouts in 95 innings. His 10.1-percent walk rate is on the high side (National League starting pitchers have a 7.7-percent walk rate in 2016), but in his last three starts he has two total walks to go with his 20 strikeouts and a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Scott Kazmir has faced the Padres twice this season, both in San Diego, and had wildly different results. The left-hander retired his final 17 batters faced on April 5, with six scoreless innings, five strikeouts and no walks. Kazmir also struck out five in 5⅔ innings on May 20 at Petco Park, but also walked a career-high seven while allowing five runs, including two home runs.
Andrew Cashner has been on the disabled list twice this season, missing 14 games in May with a right hamstring strain, then missing 19 games in June and July with a strained neck. Since returning from that second DL trip, Cashner has made only one start, and it was a good one, striking out six in six innings, allowing two runs (only one earned) in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday.
Saturday, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Brandon McCarthy makes his second start since activation from the disabled list, following up his eight-strikeout performance in five scoreless innings in his 2016 debut on Sunday. He also gets an extra day of rest this time through the rotation, as does Kazmir.
Luis Perdomo is the second Luis Perdomo to pitch for the Padres, and both are right-handers from the Dominican Republic. This incarnation is a 23-year-old who was a Rule 5 pick from the Cardinals in December, with a 7.93 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 26 walks in 59 innings. In six starts, that ERA is 6.75, with 29 strikeouts and 10 walks in 29⅓ innings, compared to a 9.10 ERA in 29⅔ innings in relief.
Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal will call the game for Fox, which has exclusive broadcast rights to Saturday's game.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda needs to record 10 outs on Sunday to reach 100 innings and earn a $250,000 bonus. He has allowed four runs in 11 innings to the Padres this season, with 10 strikeouts and one walk. Maeda is coming off what was tied for his shortest outing of the year at four innings, and he allowed four runs, a limit Maeda has reached six times in 17 starts but to date has yet to allow more than four runs in a start.
Christian Friedrich, the second southpaw along with Pomeranz the Dodgers will face this series, has allowed 21 runs in 21 innings in his last four starts, with no fewer than four runs in any of those starts, and five home runs allowed during that span.