The Dodgers go for their fifth straight win on Wednesday night against the Diamondbacks, and with Brock Stewart on the mound in the series finale the club will continue another streak as well.
After Jose De Leon made his major league debut on Sunday, Kenta Maeda started against the Diamondbacks on Monday, followed by Ross Stripling on Tuesday. That is three consecutive rookies, something the Dodgers did earlier this season, from June 28-30 in Milwaukee.
When Julio Urias, Maeda and Stewart started consecutively against the Brewers, it was the first time three straight rookies started for the Dodgers since 1960.
But with Stewart starting the series finale on Wednesday, that makes four straight rookie starting pitchers for the Dodgers, something even more rare. Before this season, the club hadn’t pulled that off since Sept. 8-10, 1952 in Brooklyn, when Ken Lehman, Billy Loes, Ray Moore and Johnny Rutherford all started in a row, per Stats LLC.
But this actually marks the second time in less than two weeks the Dodgers have pulled this off, with Urias, Stewart, Maeda and Stripling starting four straight games from Aug. 27-31.
Stewart in the majors has allowed one run in eight innings at home after allowing 14 runs in nine innings in his first two starts on the road. He pitched five scoreless innings on Aug. 19 against Chicago, and stayed fresh when he went down to the minors, throwing three innings and 53 pitches on Sept. 2 for Double-A Tulsa.
Recalling Stewart from Double-A gives the Dodgers 34 players on the active roster, including 19 pitchers.
Dodgers (78-60) vs. Diamondbacks (58-80)
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA