The Dodgers have struggled of late, dropping five of their last six games, and hope they can turn things around Friday night as interleague play begins with a trip to Chicago to face the White Sox. The Dodgers have struggled in American League parks, with an 11-37 road record in interleague play dating back to 2005, including 1-5 in Chicago. Ted Lilly gets the start for the Dodgers, facing Phillip Humber of the White Sox.
Lilly is making his 10th start of the season, and second in the city of Chicago, where he made his baseball home for nearly four years, from 2007-2010. The former Cub started at Wrigley Field on April 23. Lilly has a 5.16 ERA in 11 career starts against the White Sox, though he has a 6-2 record.
Andre Ethier. who had a 30-game hitting streak snapped earlier in May, is now on the midst of an 0-for-21 slump, adding to the list of Dodgers who are struggling offensively. The Dodgers have scored just 17 runs in their last eight games, and are dead last in the National League averaging 3.44 runs per contest this season. They have had a hard enough time filling out a lineup card with eight hitters, and tonight have to have nine batters, with the designated hitter.
The White Sox, like the Dodgers, are 20-25, though they have taken a slightly different path to their record. Chicago began 7-4, then went into a 4-18 tailspin, but have now won nine f their last 12 games. Humber is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA in nine games, including seven starts, this season.
Today's 5:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.