Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (14-3, 2.59) vs. Oliver Perez, LHP (11-8, 3.52).
Dodgers: 66-61 (3rd place NL West, 5.5 GB; 3rd place WC, 2.5 GB; W2)
Mets: 71-55 (1st place NL East, 5.0 GA; L2)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 28.0%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny was brilliant on three days' rest on Sunday afternoon against the Rockies. The only problem was he ran out of gas after five innings, exiting the game with a one-run lead. Penny allowed just one run on two hits while striking out three in five innings while throwing 111 pitches and giving up five walks, but he made pitches when it counted. Penny is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA against the Mets this season.
Mets: Perez admitted he didn't have his best stuff on Saturday, but he got enough offensive support to claim his 11th win of the season. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. His command was off at times, and he said he was relying too heavily on his sinker. He will go to the bullpen and work on his control before his next outing.