Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (7-4, 3.54) vs. Franklin Morales, LHP (0-0, -.--).
Dodgers: 63-59 (3rd place NL West, 6.5 GB, W3)
Rockies: 62-59 (4th place NL West, 7.0 GB, L2)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Billingsley struggled on Monday night against the Astros, allowing four runs over five innings. He threw 116 pitches in the outing and had to work out of jams in the second, third and fourth innings before giving up a two-run homer to Luke Scott. Billingsley had trouble with his command, walking four batters and throwing a wild pitch. He is 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA in two games (one start) against the Rockies this season.
Rockies: The Rockies' injury-driven pitching shuffle created a mystery that lasted until Friday, when they announced that 21-year-old left-hander Franklin Morales would make his Major League debut against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the weekend series. Morales was 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs after moving up from Double-A Tulsa, where he made 17 starts and was 3-4 with an ERA of 3.48.
From Inside the Dodgers, a reminder and the lineup:
Three days ago, there was no hope (at least according to most fans) that we would turn this around. Three days ago, people were writing off the team completely and starting to focus on football (and fantasy football). But today, with three consecutive victories, the team is within 2.5 games of the Wild Card and the playoffs are very much within reach. Remember that age-old cliche, it's a marathon, not a sprint, and just because you trip and fall at Mile 20 doesn't mean you can't finish the race in front. It's just going to take a lot better effort in the final 6.2 miles.
Here are the Dodgers' marathoners for today: