After surprisingly dropping two out of three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers return home after a 3-3 road trip.
The Dodgers will play five games at home, including a three-game interleague series with the Detroit Tigers and a two-game series against the San Francisco Giants — the first time the teams will meet this season.
Currently, the Dodgers stand at 12-6 and half a game out of first place, if you are keeping with that this early, although things can change quickly.
The Detroit Tigers currently stand at 6-12 and have lost five straight games. The team finds itself in last place in the American League Central.
The Dodgers have already set their rotation for the weekend series. Pitching Friday’s game will be left hander Tyler Anderson, followed by Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler, who is coming off a complete game shutout.
Anderson will make his second start for the Dodgers, filling in for Andrew Heaney, who still remains on the injured list. Anderson last started against the Padres, when he went 4 ⅔ innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Around four innings seems to be the average length Anderson pitches, as he also pitched four innings in his two previous appearances coming in relief after Tony Gonsolin.
Opposing Anderson will be Alexander, who is in his fourth big league season. So far in the young season, Anderson has struggled heavily, allowing eight earned runs in only ten innings over three starts. Alexander is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA so far on the young season.
The Dodgers also may get some pitchers back from injury soon. On Thursday, the team announced they sent left hander Caleb Ferguson on a rehab assignment with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Ferguson missed all of last year due to Tommy John surgery.
Right hander Tommy Kahnle has also been actiove on a rehab assignment. Kahnle as well missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery.
Hopefully, the Dodgers get at least two out of three against the Tigers, after dropping a surprising series to Arizona as they certainly won’t want to lose two straight series.
First pitch for Friday is scheduled at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.