Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (6-0, 3.56) vs. Chris Sampson, RHP (7-6, 4.15).
Dodgers: 55-44 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, L1)
Astros: 42-56 (4th place NL Central, 13.0 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Billingsley recently had a flashback to 2006, when he ran up his pitch counts in short starts that taxed the bullpen. That's exactly what happened in his most recent start against the Phillies, when he needed 113 pitches to get through only five innings, even though the bullpen had been abused the previous night. Billingsley escaped with a no-decision, but injuries have made him the third starter by default and the club needs more than five innings from him.
Astros: Sampson pitched convincingly in his last outing, holding the Nationals to two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 4-2 win. He yielded two solo homers but recorded 14 groundball outs and was typically efficient. Sampson has pitched at least six innings in 11 of his past 12 outings, but he's exceeded the 100-pitch mark only three times this year.