The Dodgers return home for their shortest homestand of the season, all of three games against the Brewers. Here is a look at the probable pitching matchups and schedule for the weekend series at Dodger Stadium.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda has a 3.18 ERA at home this season in 11 games, including nine starts, with 56 strikeouts against only 11 walks (10 unintentional walks) in 56⅔ innings. He has allowed only six home runs at Dodger Stadium in 2017, though two came in his last start.
Maeda should be rested for the series opener, flying home ahead of his teammates.
Kenta Maeda is heading back to LA now. Pitches tomorrow.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 24, 2017
Chase Anderson was red hot in June, posting a 1.30 ERA in a seven-start stretch, but then missed nearly two months with a strained left oblique. The right-hander returned from the disabled list on Sunday and allowed one run in five innings in a win at Coors Field.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Saturday’s starter hasn’t been announced yet, but it won’t be Clayton Kershaw, who will instead make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Kershaw is heading to Dallas for a day to break up travel & then to OKC, to pitch Saturday.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) August 24, 2017
The Dodgers’ options for Saturday include Ross Stripling, Fabio Castillo, or possibly Wilmer Font.
Zach Davies has allowed 14 runs over his last seven starts — posting a 1.91 ERA since July 19 -- and half of those runs came in a single start. But more importantly, Davies and teammate Orlando Arcia both fit into Jesus Aguilar’s pants:
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Yu Darvish will be activated off the disabled list on his first day eligible to return, after skipping a start with back tightness. In three starts with the Dodgers, he is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA, with 22 strikeouts and four walks in 18 innings. Darvish has allowed four home runs with the Dodgers — all solo shots -- and five total runs.
Jimmy Nelson struck out 11 Dodgers in eight scoreless innings on June 2 in Milwaukee, but in his last three starts has allowed 18 runs on 26 hits in 15 innings. Nelson will be the 10th consecutive right-handed starting pitcher the Dodgers will have faced, a streak that will likely end either Tuesday or Wednesday in Phoenix, whenever left-hander Robbie Ray slots in for the Diamondbacks.