Dodgers start Eric Stults, LHP (1-2, 4.23) vs. Ted Lilly, LHP (13-7, 3.89).
Dodgers: 73-65 (3rd place NL West, 3.0 GB; 2nd place WC, 3.0 GB; W3)
Cubs: 70-67 (1st place NL Central, 0.5 GA, L2)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 33.3%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Stults draws the start in place of David Wells, who is serving a seven-game suspension. Stults has three starts this year, two of them against the Mets, with a win, a loss and a no-decision. His ERA as a starter is a half run lower than as a reliever and it's a role he appears more comfortable in, no surprise because he's been a starter throughout his Minor League career.
Cubs: Lilly was doomed by a 38-pitch first inning against Milwaukee in his last start. He lasted five innings and gave up three runs on five hits and four walks. The lefty did not get a decision as the Cubs rallied for a win. He now has given up a home run in each of his last seven starts, a total of 10.
Wild-Card update, as of 2.02p: Philadelphia was coasting with a 8-2 lead going into the eighth inning, only to see Atlanta bat around in the bottom of the eighth (10 batters yielded four runs). With the score 8-6, and two quick outs to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Philly's Brett Myers gave up a single, single, walk, and then a bases-clearing double to Matt Diaz to win the game for the Braves. Dodgers take a half-game lead over the Phillies entering tonight's game with the Cubs. Unbelievable! Now is the time to get it done, Dodgers--let's go, Stults!