Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (3-4, 3.61) vs. Adam Wainwright, RHP (3-2, 5.01).
Dodgers: 23-16 (1st place NL West, 2.0 GA, L1)
Cardinals: 16-20 (5th place NL Central, 8.0 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: For eight innings, Lowe couldn't have pitched much better against the Marlins. He dueled Sergio Mitre with a four-hit shutout, but a walk, an error and a three-run walk-off blast by Josh Willingham turned it into a tough end to a mediocre trip. It was only the second home run Lowe has allowed this year. He has five quality starts in eight assignments.
Cardinals: Wainwright put together the second leg of back-to-back wins for the first time this season on Wednesday, pitching six innings of two-run ball against the Rockies. Wainwright stayed out of trouble in the first inning, which has been a key for the tall right-hander. He didn't walk a batter and got ahead of hitters all day. It appears as if Wainwright is settling into being a starter, but he will certaintly have a tougher task this time around, facing a potent Dodgers lineup.
- Losing last night's game to the Cardinals was a disaster of Tomko-esque proportions. I am desperately hoping that Grady Little's decision to pull Russell Martin, Nomar Garciaparra, and Jeff Kent early on in the slaughter only allowed them to rest up for tonight's matchup. Given how poorly Grady's other major decision last night went (i.e., to keep Brett Tomko in there until we were bloodied, beaten, and staring at a eight-run hole), I'm not too hopeful.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup: