Dodgers start Derek Lowe, RHP (10-11, 3.47) vs. Mike Bacsik, LHP (5-7, 4.61).
Dodgers: 67-63 (T-3rd place NL West, 6.5 GB; T-3rd place WC, 3.5 GB; W1)
Nationals: 58-73 (4th place NL East, 16.0 GB, L3)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 23.2%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: After going eight starts without a win, Lowe has a two-game winning streak going. Even if he's still bothered by a hip or groin problem, his sinker doesn't seem to be hampered, as he's getting ground balls by the dozens. He's now reached double figures in victories six consecutive years.
Nationals: Bacsik had a strong outing against the Astros but still lost on Wednesday. He went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four, but the Nats lost, 3-2.
- You may have noticed we haven't posted the Nationals' chances of making the post-season. That's because they have no chance. And neither will the Dodgers unless they beat teams like this. A sweep is preferable; anything less than a series win is unacceptable.