Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (3-0, 0.89) vs. Ian Snell, RHP (1-1, 1.80).
Dodgers: 12-5 (1st place NL West, best record in the major leagues, 2.0 GA, W2)
Pirates: 6-9 (5th place NL Central, 3.0 GB, L3)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny, off to another fast start after a rocky Spring Training, pitches Saturday against the Pirates and former manager Jim Tracy. Penny went 10-2 in the first half last year to earn the start in the All-Star Game. He is 3-2 lifetime against the Pirates.
Pirates: After two solid starts, Snell was finally able to pick up a win in his third start of the season. He was dominant in his last start against the Cardinals, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run on three hits and striking out six. In four career games against the Dodgers, Snell is 1-1 with a 7.50 ERA.
- Snell is a decent young pitcher (14-11 last year, 4.74 ERA with 169 Ks) and could be formidable tonight give his performance this season, allowing 2, 1, and 1 ER in his first three appearances (6, 7, and 7 IP respectively). Penny is also pitching up a storm in 2007, allowing only two earned runs in his 20 1/3 innings pitched this year. Penny's 0.89 ERA is the third-lowest among major-league qualifiers. All I know is, it's going to be a cold 56-degree game tonight, so I'm watching this one on television.
- The Pirates are staying at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. (310) 277-2000 is the main phone number. Tell Jim Tracy the Sons of Steve Garvey say hi. (And guess which Dodgers blog just got a 2007 Dodgers Media Guide! Good times.)
From Inside the Dodgers: