The National League West champion Dodgers start their final road trip of the 2016 season on Tuesday night with a series in San Diego against the Padres, their first visit to Petco Park since seeing 10 straight balls from starter Ginny Baker last week.
Here is a look at the schedule and probable starting pitchers for this three-game series down south. It includes a change from the original plan, with Kenta Maeda now starting Tuesday, and Jose De Leon pitching Wednesday instead of the other way around.
Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda will make his 31st start of the 2016 regular season in the opener in San Diego. Currently at 169 innings, he will earn $250,000 for pitching one inning on Wednesday, putting him at $7.4 million of a possible $10.15 million in bonuses earned this year, and when adding his $3 million base salary and $1 million signing bonus a total of $11.4 million made in his rookie season.
The Dodgers haven’t announced their specific weekend plans but moving Maeda up to Tuesday from Wednesday, allows Maeda to potentially start Sunday in San Francisco, which would earn him another $1.5 million for his 32nd start.
Paul Clemens, claimed off waivers from the Marlins in June, has made 12 starts in 2016 but has lasted past five innings just twice, recording three total outs in the sixth inning. He has a 4.76 ERA as a starter, and his 6.21 FIP ranks 174th among 177 major league starters with at least 50 innings.
Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Jose De Leon makes his first start since Sept. 18, another audition of sorts for a potential Game 4 start in October. This is De Leon’s second shot at the Padres, against whom he made his major league debut on Sept. 4. The right-hander struck out nine with no walks in that game, allowing four runs (thee earned) in six innings for the win.
The starts of Maeda and De Leon will give the Dodgers 68 starts by rookie pitchers in 2016, trailing only 1903 (77 starts) and 1952 (69) in franchise history.
Luis Perdomo has a 5.59 ERA in his 141⅔ innings, including 4.46 in his 19 starts, but the Rule 5 pick has improved as the season wore on. The 23-year-old right-hander has lasted at least six innings in each of his last six starts, averaging seven innings with a 3.00 ERA during that span, with 24 strikeouts and five walks.
Thursday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
This spot is still TBA for the Dodgers, though perhaps Brett Anderson makes sense after his five innings last Thursday against Colorado.
Christian Friedrich has a 2.84 ERA with 21 strikeouts and six walks in 19 innings in his last three starts. He is also a left-hander who serves as someone to make the Dodgers feel better about themselves against southpaws. The Dodgers have scored nine runs on 19 hits in 12⅔ innings in his three starts against Friedrich in 2016, hitting .339/.422/.518 against them.