Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (8-11, 3.61) vs. Wandy Rodriguez, LHP (7-10, 4.34).
Dodgers: 61-59 (4th place NL West, 6.5 GB, W1)
Astros: 54-66 (4th place NL Central, 8.0 GB, L1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: It sometimes hurts to even watch Lowe, as he buckles from the occasional shooting pain in his injured left hip. It happened on a handful of pitches and during one at-bat, yet he stuck around to make 97 pitches and qualified for a quality start in the heat and humidity of St. Louis. The Dodgers have scored one or no runs in seven of his 11 losses.
Astros: It shouldn't be of any surprise that Rodriguez threw well in his start this past Saturday, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings against the Brewers. After all, he was pitching at Minute Maid Park, where he's 7-2 with a 1.65 ERA. But the problem for Rodriguez has been transferring his success to the road, where he's just 1-8 with a 8.16 ERA. That's the biggest discrepancy by a starting pitcher in home vs. road performance in the past 50 years. The left-hander will look to begin the process of evening that out with his start against the suddenly offensively-challenged Dodgers.
From Inside the Dodgers:
UPDATE 5.14p: In an incredible recent turn of events, TWO Sons of Steve Garvey will be at the game tonight. Third base side, field level. Post a comment if you're at the game and we'll go grab a beer.