LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers originally planned to use a six-man rotation through their three-game series against the Giants in San Francisco, but over the weekend shifted course. Instead, Hyun-jin Ryu will be skipped this time through the rotation, and Clayton Kershaw was moved up from Wednesday to Tuesday.
Ryu rebounded from surgeries to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and an arthroscopic clean-up an debridement in his left elbow the last two years, procedures that limited him to just one start in 2016-2017 combined.
The 30-year-old left-hander has a 3.59 ERA in 22 games this season, including 21 starts, with 109 strikeouts and 42 walks in 117⅔ innings. He even mixed in a save on May 25, pitching four scoreless innings in his only major league relief appearance.
“He’s got 21 starts under his belt right now,” manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. “We’re going to give him a blow. He feels good, but just coming off surgery we want to continue to stay strong through this year, and keep him healthy for next year as well.”
Roberts said that Ryu would start again this season.
Here are the rest of the pitching matchups and schedule for the Dodgers’ series in San Francisco.
Monday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Kenta Maeda has only made one career start in San Francisco, allowing five runs and nine hits in 2⅔ innings in the final day of the regular season. Maeda needs 4⅔ innings to reach 130 on the season, which would earn him a $250,000 bonus per his contract.
In his last five starts, 27-year-old rookie Chris Stratton has faced all playoff contenders — Diamondbacks (twice), Nationals, Brewers, Rockies (at Coors) — and allowed no more than three runs in any of the starts, posting a 2.28 ERA with 29 strikeouts and 15 walks in 27⅔ innings.
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA)
Moving Kershaw up to Tuesday just puts him on regular four days rest. He threw a bullpen session on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw is 12-4 with a 1.29 ERA in 20 career games at AT&T Park, including 19 starts.
But moving Kershaw up a day doesn’t mean he will face the Nationals in Washington D.C., with Thursday’s off day pushing Kershaw’s next start after San Francisco to next Monday in Philadelphia.
“Clayton is going to start Tuesday,” Roberts said Sunday. “He’s going to start on Tuesday and then he’ll get the extra day with the off day his next turn.”
Since returning from the disabled list, Johnny Cueto has allowed three runs in 10⅓ innings in two starts, with nine strikeouts and two walks. The Dodgers have scored 11 runs in 19 innings against Cueto this season (a 5.21 ERA), though San Francisco has won two of those three starts.
Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Matt Moore in August posted a 4.71 ERA, which was his best month of the season. So far in September, the left-hander has pitched once in relief and made one start, posting a 2.08 ERA in 8⅔ innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Among 64 qualified pitchers in MLB in 2017, Moore ranks 63rd in ERA (5.31) and 50th in FIP (4.66).
The Dodgers haven’t yet named their starter for Wednesday. If they stay on rotation, Yu Darvish could pitch on four days rest in the finale against the Giants.
UPDATE: Roberts announced on Monday that Darvish would start the series finale in San Francisco.
Rotation versus #SFGiants. Maeda, Kershaw & Darvish.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 11, 2017