The Dodgers make their first trip to San Francisco for a four-game series against the Giants beginning Monday night at AT&T Park. Here is a look at the probable starting pitchers for the series, which is very much in flux for the Dodgers.
Monday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
The good news for Hyun-jin Ryu is that his strikeout rate through three starts is 25%, up from the 20.7% mark he posted in 2013-14 combined. But the bad news is that opposing hitters — in all of 68 plate appearances — are hitting .306/.368/.645 against him.
Matt Cain has a 3.31 ERA and a 5.27 FIP through three starts. That 1.96 difference between his ERA and FIP is the 21st most advantageous among the 172 major league pitchers with at least 10 innings pitched in 2017.
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
The second game of the series gives us a chance to revisit Clayton Kershaw’s career numbers in San Francisco — 18 games, 17 starts, 10-4, 1.36 ERA, 128 strikeouts, 18 unintentional walks in 132 innings.
Ty Blach spend the first three weeks of the season in the Giants bullpen, but with Madison Bumgarner on the shelf Blach takes his turn among left-handers trying to shut down the Dodgers, who collected all of three singles and one walk in 11 scoreless innings against him last September.
Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Alex Wood is slotted in here, which brings us to the question of the week - when will Julio Urias pitch for the Dodgers? Both Wood and Urias pitched on Friday, but with Urias throwing 93 pitches in 5⅔ innings for Oklahoma City, he might be more in line for extra rest than Wood, who threw 76 pitches in 4⅔ innings in Phoenix.
Johnny Cueto starts Wednesday for the Giants, coming off his worst start of the season. Cueto allowed six runs in five innings on Friday at Coors Field, after allowing eight runs in 19 innings in his first three starts combined.
Thursday, 12:45 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Getaway day figures to be the spot for Urias, the spot previously penciled in for Kenta Maeda. But after Maeda allowed four home runs in his next start, manager Dave Roberts said he might push Maeda back a day before his next start. Then after Sunday’s game, Roberts mentioned, as seen on SportsNet LA, that Brandon McCarthy would “potentially” get an extra day of rest before his next start, and since the Dodgers don’t have an off day this week it adds more fuel to the fire that Urias would slot it somewhere in San Francisco.
Matt Moore gives the Dodgers yet another look at a left-hander in the finale, and one who has a 5.87 ERA in four starts this season for the Giants. He had a 4.40 ERA against the Dodgers in five starts in 2016 — two with the Rays, then three after he was acquired by the Giants — with the Dodgers hitting just .217/.308/.321 against him.