Dodgers start Brett Tomko, RHP (2-7, 5.88) vs. Oliver Perez, LHP (8-6, 3.13).
Dodgers: 54-42 (T-1st place NL West, L1)
Mets: 53-42 (1st place NL East, 2.5 GA, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Tomko stepped up with the staff under siege, allowing one earned run in five innings to the Giants on Sunday, winning for the first time since May 9. Filling in for the injured Randy Wolf, Tomko kept the ball in the park, even when Barry Bonds was up. It was a huge effort after spending two unhappy months in the bullpen. Tomko is 4-7 with a 5.62 ERA lifetime against the Mets and this game will be at home, where the fans have been tough on him.
Mets: Coming back from the 15-day disabled list for his first start in July, Perez pitched six solid innings on Sunday. The lower back stiffness that put him on the DL in late June did not show signs of resurgence against the Reds, as the left-hander recorded first win since June 15 against the Yankees. Perez held the Reds to two runs off six hits -- including a 460-foot solo home run blast to Adam Dunn in the fourth -- striking out six and walking three in the Mets' victory.
From Inside the Dodgers, tonight's lineup:
Given that the only thing Nomar has going for him is his BA with RISP, wouldn't it make sense to move him down in the batting order and move Kemp up?