Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (14-4, 2.65) vs. Shawn Hill, RHP (3-3, 2.31).
Dodgers: 69-63 (3rd place NL West, 4.5 GB; 3rd place WC, 3.5 GB; W3)
Nationals: 58-75 (T-4th place NL East, 16.0 GB, L5)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 27.5%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny had trouble with the top of the Mets' order, and he was unusually wild, a bad combination when the Dodgers' offense isn't scoring. In his four losses, the offense has supported him with only four runs. He's only 5-11 lifetime against the Mets and 1-9 at Shea Stadium, so the outcome wasn't a complete surprise. He's 12-5 with a 2.21 ERA lifetime against Washington/Montreal.
Nats: On Friday, the Nationals lost to the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth inning, and it spoiled a nice outing by Hill, who faced Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis. They became the first Canadian-born pitchers to face each other since July 1, 2000, when Marlins right-hander Ryan Dempster faced Expos right-hander Mike Johnson. Hill, who is from Mississauga, Ontario, pitched seven innings and gave up one run on four hits. The run scored in the first inning, when Troy Tulowitzski drove in Kazuo Matsui with a single to right field to tie the score at 1. At one point during the game, Hill retired 12 consecutive batters.
The lineup, from ITD, shows Ethier sitting so Gonzo can get another start. I hope this pays off.