Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (10-4, 3.30) vs. Jonathan Sanchez, LHP (1-3, 5.27).
Dodgers: 74-66 (3rd place NL West, 3.5 GB; 2nd place WC, 2.5 GB; W1)
Giants: 63-77 (5th/last place NL West, 14.5 GB, W1)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 33.3%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Billingsley stepped up with a clutch win over the Padres. He threw seven scoreless innings, matching his career-high nine strikeouts. He scattered four hits, walked none and allowed no runner past second base. The victory allowed the Dodgers to avoid being swept by the Padres. It was Billingsley's third consecutive victory.
Giants: In his first start of the season, Sanchez made a strong bid to be included in the team's September rotation. He allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, displaying impressive command on his changeup. The former reliever threw 98 pitches before being removed by manager Bruce Bochy, and has the benefit of an extra day of rest before his next outing.
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