The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their interleague road trip this weekend beginning a three game series beginning Friday night in the Lone Star State against the Houston Astros.
The Dodgers, who are coming off being swept in Oakland, are hoping to avoid another this weekend with the addition of veteran second baseman Chase Utley and the return of Yasiel Puig.
Utley was acquired earlier this week from the Phillies in exchange for Darnell Sweeney and right hand pitcher John Richy. As a result, back up third baseman Alberto Callaspo was designated for assignment to make room for Utley on the Dodgers’ roster. Puig will be returning to the team as he was listed as day-to-day when he left Tuesday night’s game against the A’s with tightness in his right hamstring. The team will try to power through the AL West Division leaders and get the series win hoping to gain some momentum from Utley and Puig.
The team no longer known as the “Lastros,” the Astros will present a difficult series for the struggling Dodgers as Houston continues to dominate all of MLB.
Houston currently has the lowest ERA in the American League at 3.43 and leads all of MLB with the most total home runs with 164. This up-and-coming young team can easily sweep the Dodgers with their power, but with the Dodgers dynamic duo Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw pitching this weekend, they may not have that chance.
Greinke and Kershaw both have a combined total of 42 strikeouts from their last three starts. That is more than all three of Houston’s projected starting pitchers Mike Fiers, Scott Kazmir and Lance McCullers total combined from each of their last three starts.
Both teams will be fighting to keep the number one spot in each of their divisions as they are either 2.5 or fewer games up in each of their divisions. The Dodgers are trying to stay above the San Francisco Giants as the Astros try to stay ahead of the Los Angeles Angels.
Travel, tickets and more
Watch the Dodgers play the leaders of the American League West division at Minute Maid Park by using Hipmunk.com to book Houston flights provided by most major airline carriers. While enjoying the city of Houston, take in multiple games of the series by finding the most reasonable hotel in Houston through Hipmunk as well.
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