Dodgers start Mark Hendrickson, LHP (1-0, 1.62) vs. Clay Hensley, RHP (1-3, 9.45).
Dodgers: 13-9 (T-1st place NL West, 0.0 GA, L4)
Padres: 12-10 (3rd place NL West, 1.0 GB, L2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: In a spot start on Thursday against the Rockies in Colorado, Hendrickson pitched a gem, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out two. Hendrickson has primarily been coming out of the bullpen for the Dodgers this season, but with Jason Schmidt injured, Hendrickson will be counted on to eat up innings. He was 1-2 with a 2.20 ERA against the Padres last season.
Padres: Hensley picked up his first victory of the season on April 21 against the Rockies at Coors Field on Saturday night, though he put a lot of runners on base in his six innings. Hensley allowed 10 hits and walked three, but he got two big double-play grounders. Still, this was the best Hensley has looked this season.
- After rolling over and playing dead for the Giants, the Dodgers have now dropped four straight and are clinging to the division lead by a thread. Will a change of scenery (Petco Park) help the Dodgers break from their funk? Will Juan Pierre fare any better on defense in a cavernous center field? Will Rich Donnelly cause more outs from the third base coach's box? Will Mark Hendrickson be able to continue pitching like a reasonable starter? Will Grady Little make any major changes to the lineup (we know that answer already, though)?
- Everybody's been pig-piling on Juan Pierre, and with good reason. He's been a defensive liability this year, his OPS is lacking (though improving), he has not stolen bases in key situations when a stolen base would have come in handy, and he missed a sign at the plate last night which killed a rally. But at least he maintains a positive attitude: "If you dwell on this series and it messes you up for the next series, it's a snowball effect," Dodgers center fielder Juan Pierre said [on ESPN.com]. "Good teams and individual players know how to nip it in the bud." Let's hope he's right. And brings a bigger glove tonight.
The lineup, from Inside the Dodgers:
Betemit finally gets benched.