The Dodgers begin the gauntlet on Friday, starting an 11-game road trip to be played in 10 days in two different countries. The fun starts Friday with the beginning of a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco.
Here is the schedule for the weekend series and a look at the starting pitching matchups.
Friday, 7:15 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Hyun-jin Ryu has 25 strikeouts and four walks in 19 innings in his last three starts, all wins, and has lasted at least six innings in three straight starts for the first time since doing so in five straight outings from July 13 to Aug. 7, 2014.
The Dodgers tagged Derek Holland for five runs in five innings on Mar. 31. He has pitched better since then, with 18 strikeouts and four walks in 16⅔ innings. But he also allowed three home runs in his last time out and the Giants are 0-4 in his four starts.
Saturday, 1:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
Walker Buehler will make major league start number two in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, necessitated by the rainout back on Apr. 6. Buehler, who return for a day as the 26th man on the roster, pitched five scoreless innings on Monday against Miami.
Chris Stratton allowed three runs in each of his first two starts of the season, both against the Dodgers, totaling 10⅓ innings. He has allowed three total runs in his last three starts since and has a 2.32 ERA on the season.
Saturday, 7:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, KTLA)
This matchup produced quite a pitchers’ duel on Mar. 30, with Alex Wood allowing only an infield singled in his eight scoreless innings, and Johnny Cueto matching wits with seven scoreless innings of his own, retiring the first 18 batters of the game.
Cueto has allowed one run in four starts this season, sporting a 0.35 ERA.
Sunday, 2:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA)
This game was moved from an originally-planned 1:05 p.m. start. Kenta Maeda starts the series finale. He enters his final start of the month with 31 strikeouts, seven shy of his high for any month (June 2016, August 2017).
Ty Blach has allowed one run in 11 innings in two starts against the Dodgers this season, and 15 runs in 20⅓ innings against everybody else.