The Dodgers open their longest homestand of the season on Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Hiroki Kuroda gets the call for for the Dodgers, starting against Bronson Arroyo of the Reds. The Dodgers are home beginning tonight for two straight weeks, a total of 12 games.
Kuroda is 5-7 with a 3.35 ERA this season, but has lost four straight starts thanks in part to the Dodgers scoring five runs in those four games. Kuroda and Arroyo faced off 10 days ago in Cincinnati, with the Reds taking home a 2-1 victory. Arroyo is 4-6 with a 5.28 ERA on the season.
Matt Kemp returns home after a phenomenal road trip, and leads the National League with 20 home runs, a .641 slugging percentage, and 1.052 OPS. During the 10-game road trip, Kemp hit .472/.568/1.194 with seven home runs, 16 RBI, and 11 runs scored. With 20 home runs through 67 team games, Kemp is the second-fastest Los Angeles Dodger to hit home runs, tied with Eric Karros (2000) and Shawn Green (2002). Only Gary Sheffield, who hit 20 home runs in 66 team games in 2000, was quicker.
Tonight's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information about the Dodgers, or on tonight's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.