LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers open their fifth series of the season on Friday night at home, and are still looking for their first series win. Then again, a single game against the Diamondbacks would be a sign of progress.
The Dodgers were swept last week in Phoenix, after dropping their last six games against Arizona in 2017. In the regular season, of course. There was the little matter of the NLDS, which saw the Dodgers dispatch the wild card-weary Diamondbacks in three games.
Longest Dodgers losing streaks against a single opponent
But for the regular season Arizona has beaten the Dodgers nine straight times, outscoring them 57-21 in the process. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1958 the longest losing streak for the Dodgers against any opponent is 10 games, against the Astros (1992-93), Padres (1996-97) and Cardinals (2005-07).
You’d have to go back to Brooklyn to see a Dodgers losing streak against any single opponent longer than 10 games.
Trying to prevent help prevent the current losing streak reach double digits on Friday night is Kenta Maeda, making his first start in 13 days. Maeda, who pitched one inning of relief in the interim, has yet to allow a run this season, striking out 12 in his six innings.
Arizona comes to town atop the NL West at 9-3, 4½ games ahead of the Dodgers (4-7).
Zack Greinke has 14 strikeouts and no walks in his two starts this season, but also sports a 5.06 ERA, allowing six runs on 14 hits in his 10⅔ innings.
Since joining the Diamondbacks Greinke has a 4.46 ERA in seven starts against the Dodgers in the regular season with 40 strikeouts and 16 walks in 42⅓ innings. The Dodgers have won four of the seven games, and also beat Greinke in the Game 3 clincher of the NLDS.
Time: 7:10 p.m. PT
TV: SportsNet LA, KTLA