Adam Eaton loves pitching at Dodger Stadium.
In eight career starts, Eaton is 4-0 with a 1.11 ERA at Dodger Stadium, the lowest ERA the 27-year-old right-hander has compiled in any stadium.
Last season, Eaton was even more impressive in three starts at Dodger Stadium, going 2-0 with an 0.41 ERA. He went 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA in six starts overall against Los Angeles in 2004.
The Dodgers will counter with veteran Scott Erickson, who is looking to recover from a shaky season debut. Erickson allowed six runs and seven hits over 4 1-3 innings in a 12-10, 11-inning win at Arizona last Saturday.
Erickson is making his first start at home and the first of the Southern California native’s career at Dodger Stadium.
San Diego will be trying to bounce back following a 4-0 loss on Friday. Derek Lowe tossed a three-hitter for his second career shutout in his first start for the Dodgers since picking up his World Series ring in Boston on Monday.
Milton Bradley homered and scored three runs on his 27th birthday for Los Angeles, which has won three straight. Bradley has hit safely in eight of his first nine games.
Los Angeles’ 7-2 start has come against teams from the NL West. The Dodgers seem intent on proving that they can defend their division title after an offseason in which general manager Paul DePodesta drew criticism for overhauling the roster.
“This team is going to do way better than people thought,” third baseman Jose Valentin said. “I like to be the underdog and prove those people wrong. It’s tougher to play when you’re supposed to win than when you’re not supposed to win.”