Dodgers start Mark Hendrickson, LHP (2-0, 1.30) vs. Wes Obermueller, RHP (1-1, 3.07).
Dodgers: 19-13 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, W1)
Marlins: 14-17 (3rd place NL East, 5.0 GB, L3)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: In his third start of the season on Wednesday vs. the D-backs, Hendrickson continued his dominance, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out seven. Hendrickson now has the second-best ERA among Major League pitchers behind the Mets' John Maine (1.35). In four career starts against the Marlins, Hendrickson is 1-1 with 7.36 ERA.
Marlins: The veteran Obermueller is taking over the rotation spot vacated when Anibal Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque because of his struggles with command. Making his third start and fourth appearance, Obermueller has pitched nicely in his few opportunities. His most recent outing was three scoreless innings, which included three strikeouts, in relief against the Mets at Shea Stadium.
- Welcome to the battle of the eleven-lettered pitchers! Can Lurch follow up Penny's incredible outing yesterday, which marked the first time the Dodgers had won the first game in a series since San Diego (a week and a half ago)? Hendrickson has looked increasingly formidable this season, and his endurance has peaked with his last outing at 6 innings. If Hendrickson can go deep into the game again, the bullpen (which rested yesterday save sacrificial lamb Rudy Seanez (who was passable with one homer in two innings of work)) can claim another day of relative rest.
- That Pythagorean expected win-loss thingy is pretty cool. As of this writing, the NL West's expected win-losses are spot on for four of the five teams, with Arizona's off by only a game difference. Creepy.
From Inside the Dodgers, today's lineup: