The first-place Dodgers return home to face the second-place Giants in the first of three series between the National League West rivals over the final six weeks of the regular season. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the three-game series in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda will earn $1.5 million for making his 25th start on Tuesday, and if he records at least 10 outs will receive another $250,000 for reaching 140 innings in 2016. So far this season, Maeda has earned a total of $7.4 million, including a $1 million signing bonus, $3 million base salary, and $3.4 million in bonuses.
With Clayton Kershaw no longer having enough innings to qualify, Madison Bumgarner is second in the majors in ERA (2.25) this season, and leads baseball with 175⅔ innings pitched, averaging 6.76 innings per start. Bumgarner allowed more than three runs just three times in 19 starts before the All-Star break, but has done so three times in seven starts since.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
N.L. West showdown
N.L. West showdown
A mere 23 days after trading for him, the Dodgers are expected to have Rich Hill make his debut with the team in the middle game of the series against San Francisco. Hill has been great this season with a 2.25 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 76 innings, but the last time he threw more than five pitches in a real game was July 7 with Oakland.
Hill threw a 75-pitch simulated game last Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Arizona.
Johnny Cueto is third in baseball in innings pitched, just two behind Bumgarner, and has averaged 6.95 innings per start. He allowed three home runs in his first 15 starts in 2016, and has allowed 10 home runs in his last 10 starts.
The Dodgers scored five runs against Cueto in the first inning on Apr. 10 in San Francisco, and four runs in his last 21⅓ innings against them, in three starts.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Brett Anderson is penciled in to start the series finale, if the blister on his left hand allows him to do so. The Dodgers have Ross Stripling ready and waiting unless he is used in relief in one of the first two games.
Matt Moore, acquired from the Rays on Aug. 1, has 17 walks in 23 innings for the Giants in four starts, after having 17 walks in his final eight starts for Tampa Bay. Moore also has 22 strikeouts with the Giants to go along with his 4.70 ERA and 4.58 FIP. His five innings on Saturday snapped a streak of 13 straight starts of at least six innings for Moore, including 6⅔ innings with just an unearned run allowed in a win at Dodger Stadium on July 27.
MLB Network (blacked out in LA) will join the game in progress, at 8 p.m.