NEW YORK METS (40-40, second place/NL East) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (45-35, first place/West)
DODGERS SHORT HOPS
Kershaw enters Friday’s outing against the Mets having lost three straight starts for the first time in his career.
Greinke had been winless in nine straight starts until notching a victory on Sunday, when he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins. The drought, which included two losses and seven no-decisions, came despite a 1.79 ERA during that stretch. Overall, Greinke’s 1.58 ERA leads the majors. He has allowed one run or fewer in 12 of his 16 starts.
Justin Turner, who was non-tendered by the Mets on Dec. 2, 2013, is hitting .314 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 191 at-bats this season. Turner’s play allowed the Dodgers to trade Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on May 27 in a deal that returned Alberto Callaspo and Eric Stults. Since Uribe’s departure, Turner has received the bulk of the third-base duties, with Callaspo also seeing action there.
Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson already has 20 homers this season, which is tied for fifth in the National League. Five of Pederson’s long balls have traveled at least 450 feet. Only Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton has slugged more that have gone at least that distance -- seven, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The average distance of Pederson’s seven homers in June: 430.5 feet. He has the most homers ever by a Dodgers rookie before the All-Star break. Only two players in NL history have produced more homers before July 1 as a rookie: Boston’s Wally Berger (22 in 1930) and St. Louis’ Albert Pujols (21 in 2001). Pederson nonetheless is hitting only .190 (15-for-79) with three homers in his past 25 games -- albeit with 20 walks, which gives him a .366 on-base percentage during that span.
Ex-Phillie Jimmy Rollins is having a miserable inaugural season in Los Angeles. Rollins, 36, is hitting .212 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 283 at-bats.
The Dodgers are in the market for starting pitching, in search of upgrades over Bolsinger and Carlos Frias. Bolsinger exceeded 5 1/3 innings only once in six starts in June. He had a 4.40 ERA for the month, although he departed his last outing after four scoreless innings because of flu-like symptoms. One potential help on the way is Brandon Beachy, who is pitching in the minors as he works back from a second Tommy John surgery. Los Angeles will be without intended rotation members Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder) and Brandon McCarthy (elbow) for the remainder of the season.
Second baseman Howie Kendrick is hitting .542 (13-for-24) in six games since being installed in the No. 2 slot in the lineup.
Kenley Jansen has 13 saves in 14 chances and has issued only one walk in 17 2/3 innings this season. He has a 0.509 WHIP. Jansen missed the first 34 games of the season recovering from February foot surgery.
Utility man Alex Guerrero is hitting .174 and has no walks or extra-base hits in his past 21 games.
The Dodgers designated reliever Brandon League for assignment on Thursday. League had not appeared in the majors this season because of shoulder woes. He is earning $7.5 million in 2015.
Carl Crawford, who suffered a torn oblique muscle in April, has started a rehab assignment.