Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (8-8, 3.05) vs. Tom Glavine, LHP (8-6, 4.15).
Dodgers: 54-41 (1st place NL West, 1.0 GA, W1)
Mets: 52-42 (1st place NL East, 2.5 GA, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: It wasn't a thing of beauty, what with the leadoff hitter reaching base in every inning he threw, but Lowe's previous start -- against the Giants on Saturday afternoon -- was good enough for him to get a win. He limited the damage to two runs over the six innings, aided by two double-play grounders, as he stranded seven runners in scoring position. Not bad, considering Lowe didn't know he was starting the game until the night before.
Mets: Glavine is just two wins away from No. 300, after recording No. 298 on Saturday against the Reds. In the outing, the veteran lefty allowed just one run off two hits--one of them a homer--over eight innings. Glavine walked none and struck out five on the night to record his first win in July.
4.16. That's the run support Derek Lowe has received from the Dodgers in his starts. And that explains why Lowe has only one win in his last five starts, despite ceding 4 ER or fewer in all five of those games. (11-1 Brad Penny, in contrast, has a run support mark of 5.59 this year.) With Glavine on the mound today, look for the Dodgers to stick it to Lowe again if they can't pierce Glavine's armor early and often.