The Dodgers can see the light at the end of the proverbial first half tunnel, with just one more series remaining before the All-Star break. The Royals come to town for an interleague series, and here is a look at the pitching matchups for the three games at Dodger Stadium.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda has 39 strikeouts against just six walks at home this season, with a 3.27 ERA compared to 6.25 on the road. Jason Hammel has only made five of his 16 starts this season on the road, but away from Kansas City opposing batters are hitting .319/.388/.457 against him.
Saturday, 4:15 p.m. (Fox)
Brandon McCarthy will be activated from the disabled list to make the start in the middle game of the series. The Royals have won Ian Kennedy‘s last five starts. He is 3-0 during that span with a 2.97 ERA. Kennedy has lost seven straight decisions to the Dodgers, dating back to 2013, and his teams have lost 10 of his last 13 starts against them.
Joe Davis is on the call for the exclusive Fox broadcast, along with analysts Eric Karros and A.J. Pierzynski.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw with a win on Sunday would be the first Dodgers pitcher with 14 wins before the All-Star break since Sandy Koufax was 15-4 at the break in 1966.
Danny Duffy has allowed just four home runs on the season, with all four hit against him on the road. After missing a month with an oblique strain, the left-hander allowed two runs in 5⅔ innings to beat the Mariners on Tuesday in his first start back.