The Dodgers conclude their 10-game road trip with four games in Philadelphia against the Phillies, beginning Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. Here is a look at the starting pitching matchups and schedule for the series.
Monday, 4:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw is five innings shy of 162 on the season, which would ensure he qualifies for a potential fifth major league ERA title at the end of the season. At 2.12, Kershaw has a third of a run lead over his closest competitor (Corey Kluber, 2.44). Kershaw is also 12 strikeouts shy of becoming the first Dodgers pitcher with seven seasons of 200 strikeouts.
Nick Pivetta made his major league debut on Apr. 30 at Dodger Stadium, allowing two runs in five innings in a loss. The rookie right-hander has gotten his head kicked in since the All-Star break, posting an 8.84 ERA in 57 innings, allowing five or more runs in seven of his 12 starts during that span.
Tuesday, 4:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA)
Yu Darvish has faced the Phillies just once in his career, allowing one run in seven innings while striking out nine in a win for the Rangers on May 16 earlier this season in Arlington.
Aaron Nola is 8-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 12 home starts in 2017, with 94 strikeouts and 20 walks in 80⅔ innings. The right-hander had a streak of 10 straight starts of at least six innings allowing two or fewer runs earlier this season. He struck out 11 in seven innings in a win over the Marlins in his last start, on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Wednesday, 4:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood has a 2.18 ERA in 12 road starts this season, with 68 strikeouts and 19 walks in 70⅓ innings. He has a 3.06 ERA in seven career games at Citizens Bank Park, including five starts, though he hasn’t pitched in Philadelphia since 2015.
Part of the return in the 2015 Cole Hamels trade with Texas, Jake Thompson’s six starts this year can be split into two groups. He has allowed seven, seven, and five runs in half of the starts, and one total run in the other three outings.
Thursday, 10:05 a.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Kenta Maeda slots back in after an extended break between starts. He last pitched last Monday in San Francisco, allowing four runs in three innings after a pair of rain delays made him wait 3½ hours before taking the mound.
Mark Leiter Jr. has a 5.08 ERA in eight starts, with 38 strikeouts and 10 walks, with 10 home runs allowed, compared to his 4.50 ERA in his 16 relief appearances, with 29 strikeouts and 16 walks. He also shares something in common with a former two-sport star:
Mark Leiter Jr is the first Phils pitcher with 9+ SO in a start and a relief app in the same season since Gene Conley, 1959— Chris Ware (@cwarephils) September 16, 2017