Dodgers start Esteban Loaiza, RHP (1-0, 1.84) vs. Carlos Zambrano, RHP (14-11, 4.06).
Dodgers: 71-65 (3rd place NL West, 4.0 GB; 4th place WC, 4.0 GB; W1)
Cubs: 70-65 (1st place NL Central, 1.5 GA, W2)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 23.9%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Loaiza will be making his Dodgers debut after being claimed off waivers last week in an effort by the club to bolster the back end of the rotation for the current stretch run as well as for next year. Loaiza has a bulging disk in his neck, which sidelined him until mid-August, but after watching his only two starts of the year, the Dodgers were convinced he's healthy and an upgrade over Eric Stults, who was sent to the bullpen.
Cubs: Zambrano is eager to turn the calendar. After winning Pitcher of the Month honors in July, he went 0-for-August, going 0-4 with a 7.06 ERA in five starts. In his last start against Milwaukee, he gave up five earned runs over 6 1/3 innings and took the loss. Cubs manager Lou Piniella challenged Zambrano, saying he wanted to see the same pitcher who won nine games in June and July. "He will," Zambrano said.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup:
Gonzo, LF (40th birthday)
Okay, who does Matt Kemp have to sleep with in order to play every day?