The Los Angeles Dodgers are in striking distance of becoming the 2013 National League West champs as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have a magic number of 10 to clinch the division and face the D’backs seven times in the next 11 days.
The Dodgers will try to snap their four-game losing streak on Monday night as they open a series at home against the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are 5-7 against the Diamondbacks this season, including just 1-5 at Dodger Stadium. That means the red hot Ricky Nolasco, who has been lights out since joining the Dodgers, will certainly have his hands full tonight.
Nolasco allowed one run in seven innings in Arizona to win his Dodgers debut on July 9 and has continued his phenomenal pitching ever since. He is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 11 starts as a Dodger, and brings a home scoreless streak of 20⅓ consecutive innings into Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Tuesday’s game on KCAL features Edinson Volquez who struggled mightily in his first start with the Dodgers, but since the beginning of 2012 is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts against Arizona, with 28 strikeouts and 13 walks in 32⅔ innings. Hopefully we see more of the 2012 Volquez tomorrow night, on the opposite side is Trevor Cahill, who is 3-0 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list, including allowing six total runs over his last four starts.
Wednesday’s game on Prime Ticket features the Korean phenom Hyun-jin Ryu who will finish the series finale against Arizona. Ryu is well rested after getting the last eleven days off. Ryu is hoping to improve on his 8-3 record and his 2.78 ERA in 14 starts this season. Ryu has been flat out dominant at home going 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA at home. The D’backs will have Patrick Corbin on the mound, who is hoping to get things back on track after losing the last three straight starts and since the beginning of August is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in seven starts.
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Dodgers vs. D’backs trivia: The last time the Dodgers won a series against the Diamondbacks at home was Oct. 1-3, 2010. The Dodgers are 5-7 against the Diamondbacks this season, including just 1-5 at Dodger Stadium.