Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (4-3, 3.94) vs. Kip Wells, RHP (1-7, 6.51).
Dodgers: 24-16 (1st place NL West, 3.0 GA, W1)
Cardinals: 16-21 (5th place NL Central, 8.0 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: In his last outing, Randy Wolf dominated the Cincinnati Reds. He shut them out for seven innings and struck out a season-high 11 batters. Wolf, who has had trouble in the first inning of games, did not struggle Friday night, allowing just four hits and no walks in the outing. In six career starts against the Cardinals, Wolf is 2-3 with 3.67 ERA.
Cardinals: If you're the glass-half-full type, there were things to like in Wells' last start. He struck out eight and cut the damage from seven runs to four. Still, the right-hander needs to stop letting innings and situations get away from him. Wells fares well as long as the bases are empty, but once runners get on, he loses his edge. Wells must remain consistent throughout a game.
- Okay, so here's how it works. The first team to eight or more runs wins. Monday night, it was the Cardinals, who had an 8-spot by the third inning. Last night, it was the Dodgers, who had nine runs by their third inning frame. Tonight, we'll see. Both teams have their squad's strikeout leader on the mound (Wolf's 55 Ks ranks third in the NL; Wells' 36 Ks ties him for 26th place in the NL, along with Derek Lowe). We'll see if one team can break through.
- Rafael Furcal was batting .218 going into Saturday's game with the Reds. Since then, he has gone 2-for-4 followed by three consecutive 4-hit games--the first time this has happened in LA Dodgers history--and has now raised his batting average all the way to .297. Furcal's three-run triple in the bottom of the third yesterday blew the game wide open and essentially won the game for LA. Keep up the great work, Raffy!