The first series is four games against the Nationals, who provide at least two obstacles. Kyle Schwarber is as hot as any hitter has ever been, with 16 home runs in his last 19 games, including a record-tying 12 homers in a 10-game stretch that ended Tuesday. Schwarber’s power surge — from the leadoff spot! — has helped Washington win 14 of its last 17 games, vaulting back into relevance in the National League East.
The other obstacle is an early start time on Sunday. That’s July 4, and with a big Independence Day bash planned later in the day, the Nationals start the series finale at 11:05 a.m. locally, as they have since 2012. That means an 8 a.m. PT start, a true breakfast and baseball combo on the west coast.
Thursday’s pitching matchup has the Dodgers facing Patrick Corbin, snapping a string of seven straight right-handed starting pitchers. Washington sends right-handers to the mound the rest of the series. The Dodgers rotation is staying in order, with everyone getting an extra day of rest with Wednesday’s off day.
- Thursday, 4:05 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA): Tony Gonsolin vs. Patrick Corbin
- Friday, 4:05 p.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network): Julio Urías vs. Max Scherzer
- Saturday, 4:15 p.m. (Fox): Clayton Kershaw vs. Paolo Espino
- Sunday, 8:05 a.m. (SportsNet LA, MLB Network): Trevor Bauer vs. Joe Ross