Dodgers at Rangers, 5:05PM PT, TV: SPNLA, FSSW
The Dodgers hope Brett Anderson goes longer and does better than he did in his last start, when he went only five innings and gave up consecutive home runs to the Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmani Tomas. He’s 2-4 with a 3.57 ERA. The Rangers send out rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez, who’s 2-1 in his first three major league starts with a 0.42 ERA and is holding hitters to a .176 batting average.
Lineup when available.
Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
The Dodgers send Brett Anderson out to find his third win. He deserves better than he’s gotten from his teammates: he’s 2-4 with a 3.29 ERA, but he’s only given up more than three runs once in eleven starts. Run support has been missing.
His opponent will be Jeremy Hellickson, who’s 4-3 with a 4.88 ERA. That’s a little misleading: his last four outings have been quality starts and he’s won three of them.
The Dodgers have beaten the D-Backs eight straight.
Turner’s knee must still be hurting.
Cardinals at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
The last time the Dodgers saw Carlos Martinez he threw seven strong innings of shutout ball. That was last Sunday. He was matched up against Brett Anderson that day, and he will be again tonight. Anderson pitched well, giving up only five hits and two runs, but he took the loss.
Schebler? Who the heck is Schebler?
Oh. He’s a 24-year-old left-handed outfielder
hitting .216 at OKC.
Dodgers at Cardinals, 11:15AM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, FS-M
Brett Anderson brings his 2-2 record and his 3.47 ERA to the hill in the rubber game of the three-game series. He’ll face Carlos Martinez, who’s 4-2 with a 3.54 ERA. Sunday is Oscar Taveras Day at Busch Stadium, honoring the Cardinal rookie who died in a car crash in October of last year; Martinez and Taveras were good friends.
Little-known fact: Anderson has yet to allow more than four runs in a start this season; this will be his 10th. Good sign: only two of the Cards’ players have even faced him before, and Peralta and Bourjos are a combined .150 in 20 lifetime ABs. On the other side, five Dodgers have faced Martinez, and they’re hitting a whopping .167 against him.
Lineup when available.
The only change from yesterday is Callaspo at third.
Braves at Dodgers, 5:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN, SPSO
Lefty Brett Anderson (2-2, 3.61 ERA) will face the Braves for the first time in his career. He’ll face Williams Perez, a right-handed Venezuelan who’s making his second start in the big leagues and his fourth appearance overall. He hasn’t gotten any decisions yet. His ERA has dropped considerably from the 108.00 it was after his first stint against major league competition, when he went 1/3 of an inning while giving up two hits, walking two, and allowing four earned runs. His last time out was his first start; he went five innings, gave up one run, six hits and one walk while striking out seven.
Anderson has done pretty well against right-handed hitters, who have a combined .689 OPS against him. Against lefties he’s had poorer luck: he’s faced 61 of them and they’ve amassed an .803 OPS. Unfortunately, the Braves lean left-handed, so we’ll see.
Update: The LA Times reports that Charter Communications has made a $195/share offer to buy Time Warner. If that deal goes through then all Southern California Charter subscribers might be able to watch the Dodgers on the Sports Net LA channel. It still needs regulatory approval, though, so don’t hold your breath. Thanks to Howard Fox in the comments to Game 43 for this news.
Dodgers at Giants, 7:15PM PT, TV: SPNLA, NBC Bay Area
Brett Anderson goes to the mound for the Dodgers. He’s 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA, and his last two starts have been his best for his new team. He’ll face Tim Lincecum, who’s 3-2 with a 2.43 ERA, in somewhat of a rebound from his poor showings of the last three seasons. He’s 10-8 with a 3.45 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, which is pretty good compared to Anderson’s 0-3 with a 6.10 ERA against the Giants.
Fun fact: The Dodgers and Giants entered Tuesday night’s series opener 69-69 in games played at AT&T Park.
Non-funny fact: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu will undergo left shoulder surgery tomorrow. The arthroscopic surgery will be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in LA.
Further info on Ryu: this is exploratory surgery to try to determine the cause of the inflammation he’s had all spring.
Rockies at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
The Dodgers send lefty Brett Anderson out to face the Rockies’ righty Chad Bettis. Anderson was a Rockie last year and beat them in a rain-shortened game last Friday in Denver. Bettis has been up and down from AAA to the Rockies over the past three years, making 37 appearances and eight starts in 2013-2014 and earning a 1-6 record with a 6.88 ERA.
The Dodgers put RHP Pedro Baez on the 15-day DL with a pectoral strain and called LHP Daniel Coulombe up to replace him.
Jon has a great evening planned at Dodger Stadium, so cross your fingers that the rain stops in time for the game.
Here’s a good interview with Matt Kemp at Sports Illustrated.
Dodgers at Rockies,
2:40PM 5:40PM PT, TV: SPNLA
The Dodgers’ Brett Anderson was a member of the Rockies last season, but injuries to his finger and his back cut his season short and they let him depart at the end of the year. Anderson is 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA for the Dodgers. His opponent will be Eddie Butler, who’s 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA.
Kendrick gets a day off and Turner plays second in his place. Adrian Gonzalez celebrates his birthday but doesn’t get the day off, and the Dodgers got their pink Mother’s Day
Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 1:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA
Two Andersons face off in the third game of the series this afternoon: Chase for the D-Backs, making his fifth start, and Brett for the Dodgers, also making his fifth start. Chase is 0-1 on the year with a 4.24 ERA; he started and went five innings against the Dodgers on April 10, giving up three runs in a game Arizona eventually won 4-3. Brett pitched in that same game, giving up three runs over six innings and getting no decision. He’s 1-1 on the year with a 5.49 ERA. He hasn’t gone longer than six innings in any start this season, and in his last two he didn’t make it through five.
Lineup when available.
Giants at Dodgers, 7:10PM PT, TV: SPNLA, MLBN
This is a rematch of the pitchers in last Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Brett Anderson gave up nine hits in only four innings, giving up four runs and taking the loss, 6-2. It’s small consolation that five of the nine hits were infield singles. Tim Lincecum went six innings and got four double plays behind him, giving up one run and five hits and getting the win.
In other news today the Dodgers traded
LHP Xavier Cedeño to the Rays for cash.
In late news, Brandon McCarthy has a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will probably need Tommy John surgery. Scott Baker will stay on the roster and Adam Liberatore will come back up to fill McCarthy’s spot.