The Dodgers try for an interleague series win on Sunday afternoon in their finale against the Red Sox at Dodger Stadium.
Brandon McCarthy takes the mound for the Dodgers, making his seventh start since returning from the disabled list. He has a 3.86 ERA at Dodger Stadium compared to 1.76 on the road, but his FIP is much closer, 3.28 at home and 2.87 away, thanks in part to a 36.8-percent strikeout rate at home compared to 24.1 percent on the road.
Both of McCarthy’s home runs allowed this season came at home.
The Dodgers have held their opponents without a home run 46 times this season, including Saturday, and are 34-12 in those games, including 18-4 in such games at Dodger Stadium.
David Price starts for the Red Sox, struggling in a relative sense in the first season of his seven-year, $217 million contract. He has a 4.30 ERA in 23 starts, which would be the highest since his rookie year of 2009. From 2010-2015 his highest ERA was 3.49, in 2011.
But thanks to strong peripherals — 156 strikeouts in 150⅔ innings, for instance — his 3.29 FIP is right in line with his career 3.20 mark. But even that 3.29 FIP is Price’s highest since 2011.
Price has 14 quality starts in 2016, and since the beginning of 2010 his 151 quality starts rank third in baseball, behind only Clayton Kershaw (165) and Cole Hamels (154).
The Dodgers have only scored 3.88 runs per game in their 16 interleague games so far this season, outscored by opponents 74-62.
The two best hitters on the team during interleague action this season are unlikely to start against the southpaw Price on Sunday. Joc Pederson is 10-for-38 (.263) with two doubles, leading the team in home runs (five), runs scored (10), RBI (nine) and walks (seven) against AL opponents. Chase Utley is 19-for-51 (.373) with three doubles and six walks (.439 on-base percentage).
Time: 4:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network*
*Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal will call the game for MLB Network, but the broadcast is blacked out in Los Angeles and Boston markets.