Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (3-1, 3.38) vs. Noah Lowry, LHP (1-2, 2.70).
Dodgers: 13-7 (1st place NL West, T-best record in the major leagues with the Brewers 1.0 GA, L2)
Giants: 10-8 (3rd place NL West, 2.0 GB, W6)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Wolf was in complete control in Friday night’ 10-2 win against the Pirates. His fastball was dialed in, and he did good job keeping hitters off balance by mixing in his curveball and changeup. Wolf allowed one run on six hits and struck out 10 in six innings of work. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one start against the Giants this season.
Giants: Lowry was terrific against the Dodgers in his first start of the season on April 6, allowing two runs (one earned) and six hits in seven innings. But the Giants couldn't score for him while he was in the game and lost, 2-1. In fact, the Giants couldn't score for Lowry until his third start on April 19, when he defeated St. Louis, 6-2. Lowry has overcome the balance problems he endured in his pitching delivery during spring training and has limited opponents to a .211 average.
- Well don't say we didn't warn you. We're not even going to mention last night's game, in which Matt Morris shut down the Dodgers' lineup and Luis Gonzalez grounded into a rally-ending double play in the eighth (third most in the NL, hat tip to 6-4-2 for the research). And we won't mention Russell Martin's fourth error of the season, leading to a SF run and moving Martin to second most errors in the NL. And when Dave frickin' Roberts hits his 22nd home run of the year, you know this is a nightmare evening. No, we'll just try and forget about last night altogether.
- If the Dodgers are going to maintain their lead over San Diego, who is beating up on Arizona (losers of five straight), we're going to need a great outing tonight from starter Randy Wolf and some timely hits from the Dodgers lineup. This means you, Rafael Furcal, with your .170 average (and game-ending ground out last night with two on vs. headcase Armando Benitez, who barely limped to his fifth save of the year). This means you, Wilson Betemit, whose 0-for-1 night dropped him to a .122 average. And this means you, Andre Ethier, whose 0-for-4 night and 3 LOB dropped him to a .240 average. Come on, Blue! Knock the cover off the ball!
- The Dodgers have not lost three in a row all year. Let's not start tonight. SoSG will be at the Ravine tonight, ready to cheer on the Dodgers over the Giants. We'll be the one in the Dodgers' road jersey, drinking beers over on the first base side, field level. Stop by and say hi.
Tonight's lineup, from Inside the Dodgers (MLB):
Way to shake it up there, Grady.