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After a seven-game road trip in which the Dodgers went 4-3, they return to Dodger Stadium where they’ll play their first game at home in nearly two weeks. They’ll welcome the Marlins to town, who currently own the worst record in the National League at 36-58.

Friday: Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-2, 1.78 ERA) vs. Zac Gallen (0-1, 4.24 ERA)

First pitch: 7:10 p.m. PT // TV: SportsNet LA

Ryu will make his second start since the All-Star break. He pitched last week in Boston, throwing seven innings and allowing only two runs, both of which came early in the contest. He also struck out six and walked only a batter. Though Ryu still has the lowest ERA in all of baseball, it would be much lower had it not been for a seven-run outing in Colorado a few weeks back. With the exception of that start, he’s allowed two runs or fewer in his 17 other starts this year.

This will be the fifth career start for Gallen, who has yet to pick up his first career victory. In his last outing against the Mets he lasted five innings, allowing two runs while walking five and striking out five. He hasn’t gone more than five innings in an of his four starts, but he’s also allowed three runs or less in every start as well.

Saturday: Clayton Kershaw (8-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. Sandy Alcantara (4-9, 3.94 ERA)

First pitch: 6:10 p.m. PT // TV: SportsNet LA

After getting off to a shaky start early on, Kershaw settled down in his last start in Philadelphia. Overall, he threw six innings while allowing only one run. He struck out seven and walked one batter. Kershaw has gone at least six innings in all 16 of his starts this season.

In his first start after the All-Star break, Alcantara allowed four runs on nine hits in a loss against the Mets. He’s been really good as of late, allowing two runs or fewer in six of his last eight starts. He was the lone All-Star for the Marlins, where he pitched a scoreless inning while striking out one.

Sunday: Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.44 ERA) vs. Jordan Yamamoto (4-0, 1.59 ERA)

First pitch: 1:10 p.m. PT // TV: SportsNet LA

A rough first two innings and an error made Buehler’s stat line look worse than it truly was in his last outing. He allowed six runs, but only two were earned. It was still a quality start, as he lasted six innings while striking out seven. With the exception of his blow-up start in Colorado, Buehler has been lights out over the last month-and-a-half. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in seven of his last nine starts, while averaging less than a walk in each one as well.

Yamamoto has quietly been one of the better rookie pitchers so far this season. His sample size isn’t as big, but he’s been great in his six starts he’s made. In his six starts he’s allowed only six runs, while maintaining a WHIP under 1.00. In four of his six starts he has allowed four or fewer hits.


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