The Dodgers get familiar with the Diamondbacks — a potential NLDS opponent — with six games in a nine-day span beginning Tuesday night in Phoenix. Here is a look at the probable starting pitchers lined up for the three-game series this week at Chase Field.
Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, KTLA)
Rich Hill faces the Diamondbacks in Arizona in his first start after a near-perfect game for the second time in 11 months. In 2016, five days after his seven-inning masterpiece in Miami, Hill struck out eight in 5⅓ innings in Phoenix, but allowed four runs to suffer the loss. Hill has allowed three runs and 10 innings this season against Arizona, with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
Among the 112 major league pitchers with at least 100 innings in 2017, Zack Godley ranks 17th with a 26.4-percent strikeout rate. That’s the lowest K-rate the Dodgers will face among D-backs starters in this series. The right-hander has allowed four runs in 12⅓ innings in a pair of starts against the Dodgers this season, with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
The Dodgers have won Hyun-jin Ryu’s last six starts, with the left-hander posting a 1.54 ERA in those games, with 31 strikeouts and 12 walks in 35 innings. Ryu has allowed just one home run to 135 batters during that span.
Robbie Ray snaps an 11-game streak of right-handed starting pitchers faced by the Dodgers. Ray is back after taking a line drive off his head on July 24. In one start back from the disabled list, the left-hander struck out nine in five innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks to the Mets.
Thursday, 12:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda allowed 10 runs in nine innings in back-to-back starts against the Diamondbacks in April, including four home runs in five innings in a loss at Chase Field on Apr. 22. Since then, the right-hander is 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 19 games, including 17 starts, with 99 strikeouts and 24 walks in 98⅓ innings. That includes allowing one run in five innings in a no-decision in Phoenix on Aug. 8.
The Dodgers scratched together two seventh-inning runs to beat Zack Greinke on Aug. 9 in Phoenix, his fourth consecutive loss to his former team. Since signing with Arizona after the 2015 season, Greinke is 1-4 against the Dodgers with a 5.83 ERA in five starts, including seven home runs allowed. In three starts against the Dodgers at Chase Field, Greinke has been much better, with a 2.75 ERA, three quality starts, 18 strikeouts and 10 walks in 19⅔ innings.
Including Mr. Zero Zach Davies on Saturday vs. Milwaukee, the Dodgers will have faced three Zacks/Zachs in a five-game span.