Dodgers start Brett Tomko, RHP (0-3, 4.40) vs. Dontrelle Willis, LHP (5-1, 5.44).
Dodgers: 19-14 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, L1)
Marlins: 15-17 (3rd place NL East, 5.0 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: The bottom three of the Braves' lineup went 0-for-7 against Tomko on Friday in his last start, but the rest of the order went 5-for-12 with six walks as he struggled with his command and lady luck. The four runs scored on a pair of doubles, one by Brian McCann on a pitch well out of the strike zone, the other on a ball that glanced off the glove of center fielder Juan Pierre. Nonetheless, four of the walks factored in Atlanta's two scoring rallies.
Marlins: Willis held the Padres hitless through four innings on Friday, and he was outdueling Greg Maddux, 3-0, going into the sixth inning, when he allowed a bases-loaded triple to Mike Cameron to lose the lead. Willis was most frustrated by the four walks he issued. He has said since Spring Training that his main focus is to cut down on walks this year. On a positive note, he allowed just four hits through six and struck out five.
- 0-3 Brett Tomko vs. the Marlins' ace: who do you think wins this one? Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis? The Dodgers, now 2-3 on this road trip with two games remaining, will need to pull off an upset today and win again tomorrow afternoon to make this a winning road trip. A 14-8 record against NL West opponents is impressive, don't get me wrong--but as I'm looking to avoid a repeat of last year's playoff performance, it would be nice to strike a little bit of fear into the other divisions.
- Nomar Garciaparra has been a black hole in the third slot over the last three and a half games. Let's see if he can turn this around.
- Another early game today, make sure to hit the bars early. We'll likely need a stiff drink.
The lineup, courtesy of Tony Jackson:
C Martin -- leads all ML catchers in runs, hits, steals
3B LaRoche -- has hit safely in all three of his ML games
RH Tomko -- 6 walks in 4 2/3 innings Fri night at ATL
Looks like a day of rest for the old fellas.