The Dodgers make their final trip to San Diego for 2017 this weekend, with four games in three days against the Padres. Here is a look at the pitching matchups for the series, which includes a day/night Saturday doubleheader.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw makes his return to a major league mound, 40 days after his last start. Kershaw has allowed three runs (two earned) in 14⅓ innings in two starts against the Padres this season, with 17 strikeouts and four walks.
Clayton Kershaw is scheduled for a five-inning, 75-pitch outing tomorrow against the Padres.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 31, 2017
Padres rookie Dinelson Lamet has allowed three or fewer runs in seven straight starts (two or fewer in six of them), posting a 2.63 ERA during that time with 43 strikeouts and 19 walks in 41 innings.
Saturday, 12:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Brock Stewart has yet to last past four innings in any of his three major league spot starts, and has allowed 12 runs (seven earned) in 9 innings in those starts, with more walks (eight) than strikeouts (five). He last pitched for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, allowing three runs in four innings.
Clayton Richard starts the first game of the doubleheader for the Padres, making his fifth start against the Dodgers in 2017. He has a 5.79 ERA in his first four starts against them, with 16 walks and 18 strikeouts, and the Dodgers are hitting .333/.453/.460 against him.
Saturday, 7:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Yu Darvish has been a tale of two starters in his four starts with the Dodgers. In his first two outings, he struck out 20 and walked three in 12 innings, allowing two runs. In his last two starts, Darvish has allowed four home runs and six runs in 11 innings, with nine strikeouts and six walks.
The Padres promoted Jordan Lyles from Triple-A El Paso on Friday, and manager Andy Green announced before the series opener that Lyles would start Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday.
Sunday, 1:40 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood will be activated from the disabled list to start on Sunday, after dealing with a recurrence of inflammation in his SC joint. The left-hander has four straight quality starts, with 17 strikeouts against three walks in his last 25 innings.
Jhoulys Chacin has some extreme splits in 2017, with a 1.85 ERA in 14 starts at Petco Park, and a 6.96 ERA in 13 road starts. Chacin has allowed two or fewer runs in 12 of his last 15 starts, posting a 2.85 ERA dating back to June 9.