The Dodgers are in Monterrey, Mexico for a three-game weekend series against the Padres, LA’s first trip to Monterrey since 1991 and their first-ever regular season games in Mexico. Here is a look at the starting pitching matchups for the weekend as well as the television schedule, with three different networks outside of SportsNet LA in play.
Friday, 6:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA, MLB Network)
Walker Buehler will be called up to make start number three, now with a clear runway of sorts with Hyun-jin Ryu sidelined for at least a few months. Rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi has impresses so far with San Diego, with 35 strikeouts and 10 walks in his 32⅓ innings to go with a 2.78 ERA.
The MLB Network broadcast is subject to blackout in the local markets.
Saturday, 4:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, Fox Sports 1)
Kenta Maeda has a 4.72 career ERA against the Padres in 10 games, including nine starts, including 5.96 in 25⅔ innings since the start of 2017. Bryan Mitchell leads the majors with 23 walks in his 29⅔ innings against only 14 strikeouts, and sports a 6.07 ERA in six starts this season.
The FS1 broadcast is not exclusive (like Fox games are), and will also not be blacked out. Folks can watch this game on either SportsNet LA or FS1.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. (SportsNet LA, ESPN)
Rich Hill will be activated from the disabled list to start the series finale, making his first appearance in 22 days. Eric Lauer got pounded in his major league debut in Coors Field but rebounded to allow a more respectable three runs in five innings on Monday in San Francisco. This will be the third major league start for the southpaw.
Lauer’s reaction to allowing a grand slam to Trevor Story in his debut was pretty great:
Lauer didn't hang his head after allowing a second-inning grand slam. This was his reaction: pic.twitter.com/4j35gkuqkQ— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 25, 2018
Sunday’s ESPN broadcast, which will feature Adnan Virk on play-by-play with analyst Eduardo Pérez and reporter Sebastian Salazar, is subject to blackout in the local markets. Old friend Ismael Valdes is part of the ESPN Deportes broadcast team for Sunday.