Dodgers start Mark Hendrickson, LHP (2-3, 4.08) vs. Chuck James, LHP (7-7, 4.08).
Dodgers: 48-36 (T-1st place NL West, W3)
Braves: 43-41 (2nd place NL East, 4.0 GB, L3)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Hendrickson is back in the rotation as the fifth starter, reclaiming the job he lost to Hong-Chih Kuo after eight starts. He's pitched better out of the bullpen (2.84 ERA) than as a starter (4.81). His longest outing of the year was a six-inning start against Arizona May 2, his last win. But it's been more than a month since he's had an appearances lasting longer than three innings. He's allowed nine home runs in 68 1/3 innings.
Braves: James, who has won two of his past three starts, limited the Marlins to one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings on Friday night. The 25-year-old southpaw has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his past eight starts. High early-inning pitch counts have led to some middle-inning trouble for James, who occasionally struggles when going through a lineup for a third time.
- The Dodgers have shown an uncharacteristic amount of grit heading into the All-Star break, against a team that usually wipes us up and spits us out. The young kids are getting playing time, the veterans' bats are showing signs of life, the pitching has been amazing, and we've been running like rabbits on the basepaths. If we can celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with another victory, it guarantees a series win against the Braves.
- As for the starting pitcher matchup, let's hope we can Chuck James before the opponents Mark Hendrickson.
- Happy Independence Day, everybody!
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