Oh. It's you again? Didn't the Dodgers just see the Arizona Diamondbacks? Hotly-contested first series at Dodger Stadium? You've got that bunting guy? Ugh. Fine. We'll head to the desert. But we don't have to like it.
Thursday's game represented Arizona's home opener, and featured Dustin May against Merrill Kelly. Friday, hopefully, will represent a cool-off period for Arizona, who will be forced to stare down the greatest left-hander in Dodgers (MLB?) history in the second game of this set.
Game 2 of this four-game set (yes, AGAIN) will take place at 6:40 PM PDT on Friday evening. In case you're counting, that's eight games against the D-Backs already used up, and thanks to the newfangled balanced schedule, only five remain. They're all in August. Deeply strange, and kind of unsettling. At least, if Arizona hits a rhythm, the Dodgers probably won't be a part of it.
Dodgers lineup for Friday, April 7 vs Diamondbacks
Dodgers Pitching Probables for Friday, April 7 vs Diamondbacks
The Dodgers will follow May with Clayton Kershaw in his second start of the season on Friday evening. In his first outing of the year, he casually manhandled the D-Backs, allowing a solo homer in six innings of work while striking out nine on just 76 pitches. He got the win.
Kershaw, in theory, will be in contract limbo by design when this season ends, but it's safe to say we'd rather see him wrap his career as a Dodger, whenever that day comes.
On the other side, it'll be Madison Bumgarner once again; he didn't fare quite as well last time out, unable to translate a strong spring training into a successful start. He'll be looking to lower his 11.25 ERA and avoid having to get any home run balls out of the "ocean" (the swimming pool in right field).