Dodgers start Mark Hendrickson, LHP (2-2, 3.62) vs. Micah Bowie, LHP (1-2, 3.91).
Dodgers: 31-21 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W3)
Nationals: 21-32 (5th/last place NL East, 13.0 GB, L2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Hendrickson dug himself a hole early against the Cubs on Saturday, allowing back-to-back homers to Aramis Ramirez and Mark DeRosain the second inning. His seven home runs allowed leads Dodgers pitchers. The Cubs scored two more in the fourth on four soft hits. Hendrickson is winless in his past four starts with a 6.86 ERA.
Nationals: Bowie will face the Dodgers for the third time in his career. On Friday, Bowie pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits against the Cardinals. Bowie was able to pick up his first win as a starter since Sept. 23, 1999, when he was with the Cubs. It was his first overall victory since 2002, when he was a member of the Athletics.
- The Dodgers' streak of 21 straight scoreless innings will likely come to a "Screech"-ing halt tonight (get it? Shout out to the Nationals' mascot!) with Lurch on the hill for the Blue. As pitching will be under fire (Dmitri Young is 5-for-8 with a homer career vs. Hendrickson), we will likely need another five- or ten-run outburst to collect the sweep, before catching the late flight to Pittsburgh for the four-game series at PNC Park. A cursory review (and I may be wrong on this!) says we are 24-3 this year when the Dodgers score first.
- 10 games over .500 is pretty darn impressive, as the Dodgers attained this milestone for the first time this season.
- Update 12.51p: Dodgers.com is already hedging its bets against Lurch, with the headline for today's game preview: "Tough act to follow for Hendrickson in finale". Way to keep the expectations low...
From T-Jax, the lineup: