The Dodgers head into Sunday looking for their first win of the homestand. Unfortunately for them, today is their sixth game of 12 at Dodger Stadium, hoping to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, the team with the worst record in the National League. The Dodgers have allowed seven runs for three straight games, but it has been anything but a jackpot. Hiroki Kuroda looks to break the spell today.
Kuroda, however, is in a tailspin of his own. He has lost each of his last five starts, though part of the problem has been a lack of support, as the Dodgers have scored just nine runs in those five games. On the season, Kuroda has a 3.31 ERA with 69 strikeouts against just 22 unintentional walks in 89 2/3 innings, but his record is just 5-8.
Bud Norris starts for Houston in the finale of the three-game series. The Astros have beaten the Dodgers in four of five contests this season. Outfielder Hunter Pence hyper-extended his left elbow sliding into first base on Friday, and headed back to Houston yesterday for an MRI.
The Dodgers are 15-21 at Dodger Stadium this season, and have lost six straight games at home. That is their longest home losing streak since 2007.
Today's 1:10 p.m PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.