Dodgers start Mark "Lurch" Hendrickson, LHP (2-4, 4.05) vs. Scott Olsen, LHP (6-6, 5.01).
Dodgers: 48-40 (T-2nd place NL West, 2.0 GB, L4)
Marlins: 42-46 (4th place NL East, 7.0 GB, W3)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: This start was originally set for Randy Wolf, but he's on the DL with an impingement in his throwing shoulder. Hendrickson gets the nod instead, coming off a solid outing against the Braves on Wednesday. He held Atlanta to a couple of runs over five frames in that one, but was still tagged with the loss. Hendrickson has faced Florida five times previously in his career, going 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA.
Marlins: Spotty in his last start, Olsen settled for a no-decision at San Diego. In 5 2/3 innings, the lefty gave up four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Olsen had worked a minimum of six innings in four straight starts before lasting 5 2/3 innings against the Padres. Cutting down walks remains a priority for Olsen, and he had been more effective of late before surrendering five free passes. Olsen has won two of his last three decisions.
I cannot think of a worse way to enter the All-Star break than counting on Lurch Hendrickson to staunch the major arterial bleeding of the Dodgers' four game losing streak. The Dodgers look punchless, Grady Little looks listless, the pitching staff looks winless, and Rich "Dead-Weight" Donnelly (who had Luis Gonzalez thrown out by a country mile last night) looks CLUELESS--so I feel nothing but hopeless.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup: