Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (3-3, 5.05) vs. Kyle Davies, RHP (0-1, 6.75).
Dodgers: 18-12 (1st place NL West, 1.5 GA, W1)
Braves: 18-11 (2nd place NL East, 1.0 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Needing to rest a bullpen weary from Sunday's 17-inning marathon, Wolf wobbled through his shortest stint as a Dodger. He had no command of his curveball, served up a home run to Chris Young with his second pitch of the night and was charged with six runs in 5 2/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and four walks. His history of challenging Barry Bonds had been pretty good, but Wolf served up a three-run homer to Bonds in the first inning and was also taken deep by Pedro Feliz in Wednesday night's loss to the Giants. He was charged with five runs in six innings, and the two home runs gave him five long balls allowed in 30 innings this year.
Braves: After struggling with his control in the second inning this past Sunday at Coors Field, Davies battled back and at least retired the final five batters he faced in a four-inning outing. Since showing signs of optimism during his first start of the season, the 23-year-old right-hander has regressed and found trouble locating the strike zone. In his past eight innings, he's surrendered nine earned runs and issued 11 walks.
- East coast road games are great in that you can listen to the Dodgers on your commute home and watch them before dinner. These Sunday morning games, though, are really, really early, and you're likely to miss the first four innings if you sleep in. With that in mind, we're posting this now before we think too much about Saturday's much-needed six-run outburst from the formerly lackadaisical Dodgers offense. Let's see if Wolf can hold the mound against the Braves' youngster, which would let the Dodgers sneak out of Atlanta with their second series victory after losing the first game (a win tomorrow would also give the Dodgers their third straight winning series).
- Any guesses on whether Wilson Betemit starts after his pinch-hit home run Saturday? We'll see. Grady Little is one unpredictable guy!