Dodgers start David Wells, LHP (6-8, 5.46) vs. Barry Zito, LHP (9-11, 4.46).
Dodgers: 74-67 (3rd place NL West, 4.5 GB; 2nd place WC, 2.5 GB; L1)
Giants: 64-77 (5th/last place NL West, 14.5 GB, W2)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 28.0%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Wells returns from a seven-day suspension and the extra days off should help the strained right quad that has bothered him in both of his Dodgers starts. He's made only one start against the Giants this year but it was a good one, allowing one run over six innings in a no-decision.
Giants: Zito has finally turned into the pitcher the Giants are paying him to be. Against the Nationals on Sunday, he pitched seven strong innings with five strikeouts, allowing one run. He's walked two batters in his last three games, and has displayed impressive command with his pitches.
From Inside the Dodgers:
No Ethier (who hits LHP well)? No LaRoche? This starting lineup doesn't give us our best chance to win. At least Kemp is batting third; facing Zito's curves will be a great test for him.