Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (14-3, 2.61) vs. Jeff Francis, LHP (13-6, 4.43).
Dodgers: 63-60 (4th place NL West, 7.5 GB, L1)
Rockies: 63-59 (3rd place NL West, 7.0 GB, W1)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny didn?t have his best stuff and his command was a little shaky against the Astros on Wednesday. Despite allowing 10 hits, he only gave up three runs and earned his 14th victory of the season. Penny, who will go on four days? rest on Sunday, said he felt strong after pitching a bullpen on Friday and asked manager Grady Little for start. He is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts against the Rockies this season.
Rockies: Francis had his worst start of the season in Tuesday night's 8-0 loss to the Padres, when he gave up eight runs and six hits -- two homers -- and walked six in just 3 1/3 innings. Francis said he felt good in the bullpen sessions leading up to the game and even right before it started, but his ability to put key pitches where he wanted them wasn't there. Hopefully for the Rockies it was just a blip, as he had gone 11 starts without a loss before Tuesday's rough outing.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup: