The Dodgers will play at Chase Field for the first time this season, as they open up a three-game series with the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers currently have an 11 game lead over the D-Backs in the National League West division standings.
The last time these two teams faced off was during Opening Week, when they played a four-game set. The Dodgers won this series 3-1, where the only Diamondbacks win came during the longest regular season home game in Dodger Stadium history. This series also featured the Dodgers’ epic Opening Day where they hit eight home runs to cruise past the D-Backs.
Though the games will be played at the Diamondbacks’ home stadium, Dodgers fans tend to pack Chase Field full of blue.
Game one: Walker Buehler (5-1, 4.03 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.59 ERA)
Monday, June 3 - 6:40 p.m. PDT
Walker Buehler will open up the series on the mound for the Dodgers. He is coming off of a no-decision start where he earned five runs in five innings against the Mets ahead of the Dodgers huge comeback win. In his last game against the D-Backs, Buehler also received a no-decision. He tossed three innings and allowed five runs to score without striking out a batter.
Pitching for the Diamondbacks in game one will be Robbie Ray. Ray’s last start against the Dodgers was decent, throwing five innings and giving up three earned runs (all by A.J. Pollock, who is on the injured list). Overall this season, Ray has been great, allowing two runs or less in eight of his twelve starts.
Game two: Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-1, 1.48 ERA) vs. Taylor Clarke (1-1, 5.19 ERA)
Tuesday, June 4 - 6:40 p.m. PDT
Getting the nod for game two will be left-handed pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu has been the Dodgers’ ace this season, boasting a 1.48 ERA through 14 starts this season. In May, he went 5-0 and earned a ERA. His last outing was nothing less than great. He threw 7 2⁄3 scoreless innings and only allowed four hits and a walk.
At Chase Field, Ryu is 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA in seven starts. He hasn’t earned a win in Phoenix since 2014, adding up to three starts without a victory.
Taylor Clarke will face Ryu on Tuesday. The 26-year-old will be making his fifth major league appearance. His last start was at Coors Field and it was a typical Denver outing. He allowed a total of five earned runs from four hits, two walks and a home run.
Game three: Kenta Maeda (7-2, 3.61 ERA) vs. Jon Duplantier (1-0, 3.18 ERA)
Wednesday, June 5 - 12:40 p.m. PDT
Closing out the series on the mound for LA will be Kenta Maeda. Maeda is 2-4 in his eight appearances at Chase Field and has a 7.31 ERA. In his 16 total games against the D-Backs, he is 5-5 with a 4.75 ERA. He pitched his most recent game against the Phillies where he only allowed a pair of runs from three hits (including a home run).
Opposite of Meada is Jon Duplantier. He is coming off out of his first major league start where he allowed three earned runs from six hits and two walks in five innings pitched. This will be start No. 2 for the right-handed pitcher.
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