The Dodgers return to Los Angeles for three games before heading right back on the road. Here’s how the series pitching matchups will look like:
Game one: Chris Archer (1-1, 2.74 ERA) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.10 ERA)
Friday, Apr. 26 - 7:10 p.m. PDT
Hyun-Jin Ryu opens up the series on the mound for the Dodgers after coming off of a solid start in Milwaukee. He allowed just two runs to score, both homers off the bat of the red-hot Christian Yelich. In this outing, he threw 5 2⁄3 inning, allowing two runs to score off of six hits and one walk. His two wins both come at home. Will he go for No. 3 on Friday?
On the other side of Ryu is Chris Archer. Archer’s most recent outing was decent, but the runs he allowed would decide the game. In five innings, he allowed three runs to score off of six hits and two walked batters, which looks a lot like Ryu’s outing.
Game two: Joe Musgrove (1-1, 1.59 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (0-0, 2.77 ERA)
Saturday, Apr. 27 - 6:10 p.m. PDT
Taking the bump for the Dodgers in game two is ace Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw’s last outing was against Milwaukee, providing the team with a a quality start. He tossed six full innings while only letting two runs score off of two hits and four walks. This will be his third pitching appearance this season.
Facing off against Kershaw is Joe Musgrove. Musgrove has been a solid starter for the Pirates this season. In his first four starts combined, he allowed just two runs in 22 1⁄3 innings. His most recent start against the Arizona Diamondbacks wasn’t as solid, as he threw six innings with three earned runs on five hits and two walks.
Game three: Trevor Williams (2-1, 4.24 ERA) vs. Rich Hill (0-0 0.00 ERA)
Sunday, Apr. 28 - 1:10 p.m. PDT
Rich Hill is making his first appearance this season after starting the year off on the injured list (knee). Hill made two rehab starts before returning to the Dodgers. In his second rehab start at extended Spring Training, he struck out 16 batters in six innings. Hill has made it clear that he feels ready to get his season going.
Opposite of Hill will be Trevor Williams. This will be his sixth start of the season for the Pirates. In all of his starting pitching appearances, Williams has pitched a minimum of six innings while not allowing more than three runs a game. In his most recent outing, Williams tossed seven innings, while giving up two earned runs off of four hits and a walk.