The Dodgers begin a nine-game road trip in Atlanta, starting with a three-game series against the Braves, who were the last team to defeat the Dodgers, back on July 20 and 21. But this time they don’t have to face Jaime Garcia who’s been traded twice since. Here is a look at the starting pitching matchups for the midweek set.
Tuesday, 4:35 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda takes the mound in the opener, sporting a 5.65 ERA on the road. He did not face Atlanta in Los Angeles. Righthander Lucas Sims makes his major-league debut for the Braves. The 23-year old was 7-4 in Triple-A Gwinnett, with a 3.75 ERA, striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings while walking only 2.8.
Wednesday, 4:35 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Brock Stewart makes his second start in place of Clayton Kershaw. He last only 3 2/3 innings in his other outing, although the Dodgers defense contributed to the five unearned runs he was charged with. Julio Teheran has struggled this year with an ERA above 5, a career-low strikeout per nine innings of 6.8 and a career-high BB/9 or 3.5.
Thursday, 4:35 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood looks to avenge his only loss of the season in his return battle with Atlanta, to whom he allowed nine runs in a 4 2/3 innings start. in his last five starts, with 44 strikeouts and six walks in 31 innings. Lefthanded rookie Sean Newcomb makes his tenth start of the year and second versus the Dodgers. Nine days ago Newcomb made a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings for a no-decision in a game the Dodgers went on to win.