The Los Angeles Dodgers are on pace to tie the record for most regular-season wins and are showing no sign of slowing down with 50 wins in the last 59 games. The Dodgers will try to take their momentum on the road when they begin a seven-game trip by visiting the Detroit Tigers on Friday.
Los Angeles put together a three-run rally in the ninth inning Wednesday and earned a 5-4 walk-off victory on Yasiel Puig’s two-run double to push the latest winning streak to three straight. “We were down by two,” Dodgers utilityman Kike Hernandez told mlb.com “But two runs is not enough for us. I don’t think there’s a big enough lead right now to be like, ‘All right, the Dodgers are out of the game,’ especially the way we’ve been coming from behind all year long. It’s just an everyday thing now.” The Tigers have lost four straight and 10 of the last 12, and are watching the pitching staff surrender an average of 8.7 runs over the last seven contests. Trying to reverse that trend Friday will be veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann while Los Angeles counters with lefty Rich Hill.
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, SportsNet Los Angeles, FSN Detroit
PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Rich Hill (8-4, 3.44 ERA) vs. Tigers RH Jordan Zimmermann (7-9, 5.62)
Hill is rolling right along with the rest of the team and allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last nine starts. The University of Michigan product surrendered five home runs over his last three starts but all five were solo shots. Hill, who owns 107 strikeouts in 89 innings this season, faced Detroit twice as a member of the Oakland Athletics last season and won both while yielding a total of two runs in 13 1/3 innings.
Zimmermann had a string of three straight quality starts interrupted by a dud against Minnesota on Saturday. The Wisconsin native was ripped for seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings but managed to escape without a loss when his offense led the way in a 12-11 victory. Zimmermann is no stranger to Los Angeles after spending the first seven seasons of his career in the National League with Washington, and is 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in eight starts against the Dodgers.
1. Dodgers SS Corey Seager is 10-for-26 during a six-game hitting streak.
2. Detroit CF Mikie Mahtook is 15-for-38 with three homers and 10 runs scored in his last nine games.
3. Los Angeles CF Joc Pederson is 1-for-38 in his last 14 games.
PREDICTION: Dodgers 8, Tigers 3