Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (1-1, 5.73 ERA) vs. David Wells, LHP (0-0, 2.70 ERA)
Dodgers: 6-3 (T-2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W2)
Padres: 6-3 (T-2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W1)
From dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: After a dreadful Opening Day, Lowe got back on track against the Giants, allowing one run over seven innings. He got 14 groundouts and scattered only four hits. He gets an extra day of rest with the day off Thursday.
Padres: Aside from allowing a two-run single to Jamey Carroll in his last start on Saturday, the 43-year-old left-hander was plenty sharp in his 2007 debut against Colorado. Wells allowed just the two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one in a game that saw him throw 91 pitches.
- Three series in the books and the Dodgers have won two of them. The offense has been far less than convincing (Wednesday's game against the Rockies saw only one inning of run-scoring goodness), but so long as our pitching can keep the opponents to three runs or less, we should be fine. San Diego is coming off a series win over lowly San Francisco which saw their only loss in an one-run contest. This is our first series against a legitimate NL West rival and it is an important one.
- Nine games in, many of the Dodger bats still lie dormant, most notably the 7/8 holes of Andre Ethier (.118 BA) and Wilson Betemit (a woeful .053 BA). If Wilson Valdez precedes Ethier with another 0-for-3 night (as he had Wednesday), and Juan Pierre keeps generating outs from the leadoff spot (.211 BA), it is conceivable that we would only have a reasonable offensive threat in three of our nine innings. Somebody's gotta produce down there, as we can't survive with a five-person black hole part of the lineup. (No pressure, Lowe.)
Rafael Furcal is back! The lineup, via Inside the Dodgers: