The Los Angeles Dodgers will begin their longest homestand of the season Thursday evening when they face the San Diego Padres in a matchup of the top two teams in the National League West.
The Dodgers (46-28) have the National League’s best record and lead the Padres (46-31) by 1 1/2 games. San Diego’s 25-15 road record is the best in the National League.
The Dodgers will attempt to extend a six-game winning streak over the Padres at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won two of three games at San Diego April 22-24 in the only meetings between the teams this season.
Mitch White will start for the Dodgers, facing fellow right-hander Joe Musgrove. White (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in four innings on Saturday, not figuring in the decision in a game the Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves, 5-3.
The start was White’s first for the Dodgers since June 7. He was optioned to their Triple-A Oklahoma City affiliate on June 10, pitching 11 2/3 shutout innings in two starts before being recalled on Saturday to replace injured left-hander Andrew Heaney in the starting rotation. The Dodgers are 2-3 in White’s five starts.
Musgrove (8-1) is coming off his first loss of the season, when he allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies last Thursday, coinciding with his activation from the COVID-19 injured list.
The first 40,000 fans in attendance will receive a Trea Turner bobblehead. Mark Turner, the father of the Dodgers’ shortstop, will throw the ceremonial first pitch, while members of his family will make the announcement that precedes every game at Dodger Stadium, “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
The game is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. and will be televised by SportsNet LA.
Following four games against the Padres, the Dodgers will play three games against the Colorado Rockies and four against the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers will conduct their biggest fireworks show of the season following the game on Monday against the Rockies, give away Chris Taylor bobbleheads at the game on Tuesday against Colorado and conduct Filipino Heritage Night next Thursday against Chicago.