The Dodgers return home buoyed after another strong Clayton Kershaw start, but now enter the weekend knowing they won’t be able to send Kershaw to the mound in any of their four games against the Marlins. Here is a look at this weekend’s schedule at Dodger Stadium.
Thursday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Hyun-jin Ryu was given a few extra days off after allowing a career-worst 10 runs (five earned) in four innings in his last start, last Thursday in Colorado. Old friend Edinson Volquez has struggled this year, with a 4.41 ERA and 4.56 FIP, and is 0-5 thanks in part to Miami scoring a total of 16 runs in his seven starts.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood is fresh off his Player of the Week award thanks to 21 strikeouts in 11 innings in his two starts last week. He’ll try to become just the second Dodger with three straight games of 10+ strikeouts and no runs allowed, joining Kershaw in 2015.
Justin Nicolino was called up last weekend, and the left-hander allowed one run in six innings against Atlanta on Sunday.
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Julio Urias has just 11 strikeouts to go with his 11 walks in four starts this season, in 21 innings. In his major league career to date, Urias has yet to allow a home run at home, in 49⅔ regular season innings, to go with a 2.54 home ERA, 50 strikeouts and 19 walks.
Dan Straily has arguably been the Marlins’ best starter this season, and in his last five starts has a 3.07 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 29⅓ innings. Straily was born in Redlands.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, KTLA)
Manager Dave Roberts told reporters in San Francisco on Wednesday that Brandon McCarthy would slot in to start the series finale, then following Monday’s off day Kershaw would start Tuesday against the Cardinals. Kenta Maeda, who would be eligible to be activated off the disabled list as early as Sunday, will instead start a game against the Cardinals, per Roberts.
Tom Koehler was in line to start on Sunday, but he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after allowing eight runs in three innings in his start on Tuesday. Among Miami’s flurry of roster moves on Thursday including recalling Odrisamer Despaigne, who had five starts in Triple-A. But for now, Miami’s Sunday slot is TBD.