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  W: H. Ryu (3-1)   L: C. Archer (1-2)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 PM CT, April 26, 2019
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 50,748

Dodgers look to bounce back against Pirates

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Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. The Dodgers have an 11-2 record versus the Pirates since 2017, tied for the second-best record by any NL team against another in that span (Nationals, 12-2 vs. Reds). Pittsburgh is 0-6 at Dodger Stadium during that time, getting outscored 52-14.
  2. The Pirates' current five-game losing streak matches their longest from all of last season. They scored only seven runs in a four-game sweep this week at the hands of the Diamondbacks and have scored just 75 on the season, second fewest in baseball ahead of only Miami (68).
  3. The Dodgers have scored the second-most runs with 146 despite averaging just 3.4 runs in their last eight games. They're batting .181 in that span and failed to homer in three of those games, something that happened just twice in their first 19 games while they hit .284 as a team.
  4. Chris Archer had 7+ strikeouts in each of his first three starts of 2019 before having only two on Sunday against the Giants and suffering his first loss of the season. He's 3-12 with a 7.17 ERA in his last 20 starts when not having at least five strikeouts.
  5. Cody Bellinger is tied with Christian Yelich for the major league lead with 31 RBI, the most by a Dodger through the team's first 27 games since Ron Cey had 37 in 1977. Bellinger has 10 RBI in nine career games against the Pirates along with five home runs.
  6. Hyun-Jin Ryu's 11.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio (23 Ks, 2 BB) is the best in MLB this season among pitchers with at least 20 innings. It's the fourth best ever by a Los Angeles Dodger through four starts of a season behind Alex Wood in 2018 (22.00), Clayton Kershaw in 2017 (16.00) and Brad Penny in 2006 (12.50).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/26/2019 thru 4/28/2019

After a trip to Chicago that did not go quite as planned offensively, the Los Angeles Dodgers will return home Friday with the intention of getting their vaunted offense on track again against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Getting healthy again is exactly what the Pirates are thinking as well after another rough home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Pirates dropped a 5-0 decision to the Diamondbacks on Thursday and have now lost 10 consecutive home games against the National League West foe.

The Dodgers will send Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound Friday as they try to distance themselves from the end of a road trip that saw them lose three of their last five games, even with Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Cubs. The Dodgers did not score on a base hit, getting their two runs on an error and a sacrifice fly.

Ryu (2-1, 3.10 ERA) returned from a strained left groin Saturday at Milwaukee, giving up two runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings, while throwing a season-high 92 pitches. Both of those runs came on Christian Yelich home runs.

Against everybody else who hasn't just won a NL MVP award, Ryu handled himself just fine, and now will take the mound at Dodger Stadium where he has been tough to beat. The left-hander not only was dominating at home while winning is first two starts of the season, he fashioned a 1.15 ERA over nine Dodger Stadium starts (54 2/3 innings) last year.

Admittedly cautious in his most recent outing, Ryu showed plenty to like, but he wasn't about to celebrate things after the two Yelich home runs. He said the first was Yelich being the dominating hitter he is. The second one, Ryu conceded, was a mistake curveball.

"One good takeaway from this outing is, I came out of it healthy," Ryu said through an interpreter after his Saturday outing.

Ryu not only knows about pitching at Dodger Stadium, he has a good idea about what it takes to defeat the Pirates. He is 4-0 in four career starts against Pittsburgh with a 2.49 ERA over 25 1/3 innings.

Pirates right-hander Chris Archer will also be making his second start after a return, although his time away was for a different reason. The right-hander recently served a five-game suspension for an early-season pitch that went behind the Cincinnati Reds' Derek Dietrich.

Archer (1-1, 2.74) gave up three runs on six hits over five innings Sunday, matching his shortest outing of the season in a 3-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants. He threw a season-low 83 pitches, but it was just one of those pitches that hurt.

The Giants' Buster Posey hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

"I left a pitch down the middle to a good hitter," Archer said afterward. "I was trying to go in, get the ground ball for a double play. It just stayed in the middle, and he hit that one hard."

Archer has faced the Dodgers just once, in a 2016 outing at Dodger Stadium as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. He gave up just one earned run over seven innings in that game but took the loss.

The Dodgers, who won just one of the three games against the Cubs this week, entered Thursday leading the NL in runs scored with 144, but are now even with the Diamondbacks at 146.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2019

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