Angels @ Dodgers June 27, 2017: Maeda vs. Chavez

Photo: Stacie Wheeler

Mike Scioscia‘s Angels snapped the Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak on Monday night in the Freeway Series opener. The Dodgers have the opportunity to begin a new streak on Tuesday when they try to even up the series at Dodger Stadium before traveling to Orange County for the final two games. Should the Dodgers pick up their 33rd home win Tuesday, they’ll finish up the homestand with eight wins and one loss.

Angels
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
CF
 Young Jr.
2B
Utley
RF
 Calhoun
3B
Forsythe
3B
Escobar
LF
Taylor
1B
Valbuena
1B
Bellinger
SS
Simmons
C
Barnes
LF
Revere
CF
Pederson
C
Maldonado SS Hernandez
2B
Pennington
RF
Thompson
P
Chavez (R)
P
Maeda (R)

Chavez makes his return to Chavez Ravine. Old friend Jesse Chavez (5-7, 5.15 ERA, 5.51 FIP) pitched 23 games out of the bullpen for the Dodgers in 2016 with lackluster results, but he has been mostly starting for the Angels this season. He was signed by the Angels in order to help after injuries befell their starting rotation, and so far he’s been adequate but not great.

The Dodgers were shut out 4-0 by the Trout-less Angels in Game 1 of the series, effectively ending their home run streak at 17 straight games. The Dodgers’ bats may be happy to know that Chavez is home run prone. The right-hander has allowed at least one home run allowed in all but two of his 16 games (15 starts) this year, serving up a total of 19 long balls in 85 2/3 innings pitched (2.0 HR/9).

On the road, Chavez is struggling. He’s allowed 31 runs in 41 1/3 innings outside of Angel Stadium (6.53 ERA). He got roughed up by the Yankees in his last start at Yankee Stadium, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings. Overall at Dodger Stadium, he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 3 home runs in 23 1/3 innings. Right-handers are hitting .296 against him. Enrique Hernandez is 3-for-6 against Chavez with a double. Kiké is starting at shortstop, batting seventh.

Kenta Maeda was moved to the bullpen earlier this month after a troublesome start to the season. He pitched aggressively in his first relief appearance, a four-inning save on June 9. He also came out of the Dodgers’ bullpen on June 23, striking out one and not allowing a hit in a scoreless inning against Colorado. Maeda has earned another start after pitching effectively of late. The Dodgers really need 2016 Maeda back, especially after they placed Brandon McCarthy on the 10-day DL on Monday with knee tendinitis.

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Corey Seager (hamstring), Justin Turner (day off) and Yasiel Puig (knee and hamstring) are all out of the lineup. Trayce Thompson makes his first start since being recalled, batting eighth and manning right field. Dave Roberts must have read Dustin’s article this morning, because Austin Barnes is back behind the dish and batting fifth.

Puig’s knee is also bothering him. Why not just DL him?

Get well soon, Julio.

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Who knew that Ricky Nolasco would stop the Dodgers’ red hot offense? In that case, I fully expect a Chavez no-hitter tonight.

About Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler

Stacie Wheeler, born and raised in So Cal, has been writing about the Dodgers since 2010. She wrote daily as the Co-Editor of Lasorda’s Lair for five long years, and she has also written for Dodgers Nation and Dodger Blue 1958. She currently contributes to The Hardball Times. Stacie graduated from the University Of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Cinema-Television. You can also watch her videos on her YouTube channel, DishingUpTheDodgers.