The Dodgers were supposed to play a three game series in San Francisco starting on Friday night. Mother Nature had different ideas with the opening game being rained out yesterday evening. The Dodgers will make up the game as part of a double-header on April 28 because they come back into town to play another series at the end of the month. That seems to work for both clubs since the Giants have a game on Monday and playing a double-header this weekend is not something anybody wanted to do.
What that does is shuffle the pitching match-ups for the weekend. Since this will be a two-game set instead of a three game series the Dodgers will skip Kenta Maeda’s turn in the rotation (he was originally scheduled for Friday) and Rich Hill will start this afternoon. The Giants will counter with Chris Stratton. Clayton Kershaw is slated for Sunday. The Dodgers are trying to snap a three-game losing skid after getting swept in Arizona. The Dodgers have sucked at every facet of the game during the opening week of the season. They are now 2-5 and in fourth place in the National League West.
The Dodgers split the opening series against the Giants at Dodger Stadium despite only allowing two runs thanks to a pair of 1-0 losses. They faced Stratton back on April 1 during a game where they beat him and the Giants 9-0. In that game Stratton pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits and struck out four. Hill started against Stratton in that same game and tossed six scoreless frames allowing just five hits and striking out five.
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Fortunately Rich Hill has always pitched well against the Giants Hill has a 6-2 record and 2.23 ERA in 12 career starts against San Francisco. He’s made 4 career starts in San Francisco with a 3.91 ERA and 24 whiffs against 5 walks. Stratton is 1-2 with a 5.91 career ERA versus the Dodgers. The Dodgers have Joc Pederson in left field today as Matt Kemp gets a day off. Austin Barnes is behind the plate and Chase Utley is at second. Check out the lineups and match-ups below.
Hill vs. Giants
Stratton vs. Dodgers
Today’s game is on KTLA as well as sportsnetla and first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 PM PST.