Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (7-0, 3.38) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (0-0, 3.75).
Dodgers: 57-47 (T-1st place NL West, L1)
Rockies: 52-51 (4th place NL West, 5.5 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: With a weary bullpen down to a third-string closer, Billingsley came up with the game of his young career. He went the distance with a five-hitter, resting the bullpen and exhibiting command of off-speed pitches as well as his fastball. A finger blister that had bothered him reacted well to a change in between-starts workouts. He made 107 pitches, fewer than he needed in only five innings against Philadelphia in his previous start.
Rockies: Jimenez hasn't been known for his efficiency. In fact, when he was called up last week from Triple-A Colorado Springs, the one concern was that he wouldn't eat up enough innings. But Jimenez pitched an efficient seven innings -- 91 pitches, 59 for strikes -- in his second start Tuesday against the Padres. After giving up a three-run homer to Mike Cameron in the first, he held the Padres scoreless and allowed only two hits through the next six innings.
- W-L-W-L-L-W-L-W-L-L-W-L. That's the Dodgers' record after sweeping the Giants after the All-Star break. Meanwhile, the Padres are 3-7 in their last 10 and the Diamondbacks have won 8 straight to surge into a first-place tie.
- Everybody seems to have pitching woes. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks have each lost a pitcher expected to be a major contributor this season (Jason Schmidt and Randy Johnson), and the Padres have just placed Chris Young on the DL.
- With the trade deadline looming, let's hope Ned Colletti doesn't trade any of the kids in a last-minute panic move. It'll all be tilting at windmills because an AL team is going to win the World Series this year.