The Los Angeles Dodgers have an off day on Thursday, and they are utilizing it to move up their two best starting pitchers. Chad Billingsley will start Friday, followed by Clayton Kershaw on Saturday against the Florida Marlins at Dodger Stadium.
The move was made before Wednesday's series finale with the San Francisco Giants.
Billingsley has won his last six starts, with a stellar 1.30 ERA during that span, and has an active streak of 15 consecutive scoreless innings. He starts the opener against Miami on regular rest, as does Kershaw, who has five straight quality starts. Kershaw has 18 strikeouts and no walks in his last two outings.
The rotation shuffle pushes Aaron Harang back to Sunday for the series finale, putting him on a full seven days rest.
The Dodgers trail the Giants 6-0 in the sixth inning Wednesday, staring down the barrel of a two and a half game deficit in the National League West.
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