San Diego has lost 42 of the last 58 games entering Friday and the Dodgers have won nine of 13 from them this season. Looks like a good matchup on paper, but the Dodgers have lost nine of their last 12 overall.
Just like there always seems to be with the Dodgers involved, there are several lefties on the mound during the three-game series.
Friday, 7:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
The Richard-Hill matchup we’ve all been waiting for. Rich Hill (5-4, 3.73) has made six of his last seven starts on the road so pitching at home will be a welcome change of pace. Clayton Richard (7-10, 5.11) has allowed at least five runs in five of his last nine starts and will be making his 25th career start against the Dodgers.
Saturday, 6:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Clayton Kershaw (6-5, 2.40) has a 1.96 ERA over his last 10 starts, putting those injury worries to rest. The only start for Kershaw this season without allowing a run came July 9 against San Diego.
Brett Kennedy (0-2, 8.36 ERA) will be making his fourth career start Saturday. The right-hander has allowed 13 runs and 26 hits in 14 innings over the first three.
Sunday, 1:10 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA)
Alex Wood (7-6, 3.60) struggled in his last start but has a 2.78 ERA over his last 12 starts. Wood will be opposed by Robbie Erlin (3-3, 3.46) who has mostly pitched in relief this year. The Padres inserted him into the starting rotation at the beginning of the month and the lefty has allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 21 innings over four starts.