Lackey is 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA over his last three road starts. He surrendered three runs and eight hits over 7 2-3 innings in a 9-3 win at Detroit on Sunday.
“The first couple innings, John’s stuff was very good,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “After that, he got out of whack a little, but he got deep into the game and held that team to three runs. That’s what you want.”
The 26-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four career appearances, including three starts, against the Dodgers. Lackey is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in two career appearances, including one start, at Dodger Stadium.
The Angels are hoping reigning AL MVP Vladimir Guerrero will be available on Saturday. Guerrero jammed his left shoulder while sliding on his stomach in the fifth inning of the Angels’ 9-0 victory on Friday.
Guerrero became the second Angels outfielder to suffer an injury this week, joining Garret Anderson, who missed his second straight game Friday with a tight right hamstring.
Angels third baseman Chone Figgins stroked a three-run triple in the second inning on Friday, and is in the midst of a 5-for-12 stretch following an 0-for-21 skid.
Steve Finley went 1-for-5 on Friday in his return to Dodger Stadium after batting .263 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs in 58 games for the Dodgers last season. The 40-year-old outfielder signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Angels in the offseason.
The Dodgers will send Brad Penny to the mound on Saturday. Penny is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in his last two outings.
The right-hander surrendered four runs and nine hits over six innings in a 6-2 loss to Florida on Monday.
The two straight losses have come after Penny tossed 13 consecutive scoreless innings in wins over Colorado and Cincinnati.