The Los Angeles Dodgers return to the Pacific Time Zone to complete their nine-game road trip with a trio of games facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here is a look at the pitching matchups and the schedule for this three-game series at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda start on the hill in the series opener. The right-hander faced Arizona in back-to-back starts in April and was roughed up for ten runs in nine innings, but he has allowed more than three runs in an outing only once since.
Maeda is coming off of a seven-inning start in Atlanta were he allowed only two hits and no runs. He has no starts in 2017 between 5 1⁄3 and 6 2⁄3 innings pitched.
Zack Godley is quietly having a fine season for the Diamondbacks, sporting a 2.86 ERA (2.98 FIP) over his 15 starts, striking out a career-high 9.2 batters per nine innings, while keeping his walks per nine to only 2.8. The right-hander is currently sporting a scoreless streak of 13 innings.
Despite pitching his six home starts in one of the more hitter-friendly stadiums in the majors, Godley in Arizona has held opponents to a .144/.257/.232 batting line.
Wednesday, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood leads the majors in winning percentage at .929 (13-1). The left-hander has failed to go at least six complete innings only once in his last eight starts. He is looking to benefit from extra rest due to Monday’s off day; despite allowing only one run in six innings in Atlanta in his last start on Thursday, he struck out a season-low two batters and recorded slightly diminished velocity.
Zack Greinke (13-4, 3.10 ERA) has returned to form in his second year with Arizona, striking out just under ten batters per nine innings while walking only 1.7, helping to keep his WHIP flirting with 1.0. The ex-Dodger was pushed about in his last outing where the Cubs scored six runs on nine hits in six innings, despite striking out eight times.
Greinke has yet to hitter a batter with a pitch as a Diamondback, so Chase Utley may have one less thing to enjoy on Wednesday night.
Thursday, 6:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Yu Darvish made a spectacular Dodgers (and National League) debut against the Mets on Friday, tossing seven innings of three-hit ball while striking out ten.
Prior to his Tommy John surgery, Darvish faced Arizona both home and away in 2013, racking up 14 2⁄3 innings while allowing four runs (all in Phoenix). He also struck out 14 and walked none in each game. Paul Goldschmidt appeared in only one of those games and struck out all three times versus Darvish.
Arizona’s starter is to be announced as they consider how they want to continue filling in for Robbie Ray who is on seven-day disabled list for a concussion suffered from being hit on the head by a 108-mph line drive on July 28.
UPDATE: Thursday’s starter was announced.