Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (3-0, 1.64) vs. Ricky Nolasco, RHP (1-0, 5.68).
Dodgers: 18-13 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, L1)
Marlins: 14-16 (3rd place NL East, 5.0 GB, L2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny threw six scoreless innings at the Diamondbacks, but came away with a no-decision in his last start. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter when the Dodgers had a chance to score some runs, although his pitch count had risen to 95 by then with the help of four walks to go with a season-high four strikeouts. Penny will be facing his former Marlins teammates, and he's allowed 10 runs in 11 career innings against them.
Marlins: Impressive in his return to the rotation in his last outing, Nolasco gave up one run in five innings, while striking out five and not allowing a walk in a win over the Mets at Shea Stadium. It was Nolasco's first start of the season, and first appearance since going on the disabled list on April 7 with a sore elbow. The right-hander had command of his fastball and off-speed pitches, scattering six hits.
- A brutal loss to the Braves Sunday afternoon should leave the Dodgers with a bad taste in their mouths as they come up against the Marlins, who lead the league in runs scored (163) as well as runs allowed (163). Let's see if the relief corps, unflappable until yesterday's game, gets its groove back.
- The Padres, winners of four of their last five, have gained ground on the NL West-leading Dodgers and trail by only a game. They play Atlanta, with first pitch at the same time as the Dodgers (in case you have mlb.com mosaic).
The lineup, from ITD (MLB):
Welcome to the eight-hole, LaRoche!