Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (2-3, 4.62) vs. Tim Hudson, RHP (3-0, 1.40).
Dodgers: 17-12 (1st place NL West, 1.5 GA, L1)
Braves: 18-10 (T-1st place NL East, W2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Lowe couldn't protect a 4-1 lead Sunday against the Padres in what turned into a 17-inning marathon that pressed the entire bullpen into service, although he did get into the seventh inning. Lowe is keeping the ball in the park, but allowing plenty of hits. His ERA is higher than normal, and he has allowed almost as many walks as he has strikeouts.
Braves: Hudson is enjoying one of the finest six-start stretches of his career, and his numbers would look even better if he hadn't been saddled with no-decisions in his past two outings. Through six starts, opponents are hitting just .186 against him. His sinker and split-finger fastball have allowed him to gain a 2.60 groundout-to-flyout ratio. Hudson has completed at least seven innings in each start this year, and he has allowed one earned run or fewer four times.
- We're all looking for the Dodgers, who have scored five runs in their last four games to break out of a slump--two runs may get a win against the NL West, but Atlanta is another matter altogether. Tim Hudson on the mound for the Braves seems to indicate more helpings from the can of whup-ass on the listless Dodgers, anemic at the plate of late. Grady announced after the game that some changes are going to come, but given his slow pace, I'm not sure if they'll come in time for today's train wreck.
Today's lineup, from Inside the Dodgers (MLB):
As expected, there are no major moves to the lineup, and instead of Wilson Betemit we've got the red-hot Ramon Martinez at third. Martinez is batting .182, and his .229 OBP trails Brad Penny, Derek Lowe, and Jason Schmidt. Whoop dee frickin' doo.