Dodgers start David Wells, LHP (8-8, 5.27) vs. Mark Redman, LHP (1-4, 9.67).
Dodgers: 79-71 (3rd place NL West, 4.5 GB; 3rd place WC, 3.5 GB; L2)
Rockies: 78-72 (4th place NL West, 5.5 GB; 4th place WC, 4.5 GB; W2)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 14.0% (at least, before game #1...)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: In a classic matchup with former teammate Greg Maddux, Wells got the win, although he allowed a pair of home runs in six innings and a couple other balls died on the warning track. Like most pitchers, Wells said he'd rather pitch almost anywhere other than Coors Field, where he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings of his only lifetime start there.
Rockies: Redman pitched in relief in the Rockies' 12-0 road victory over the Phillies on Wednesday night, but he pitched like a starter, going five innings and striking out four while giving up two hits. He recorded 10 outs on fly balls against one groundout, but he has been working on getting grounders. Tuesday, however, he had a big lead and just wanted to be aggressive.
When all the Dodgers can muster is one pathetic run in support of an otherwise good outing by Chad Billingsley, at Coors Field, in a pennant race--well, turn out the lights, the party's over. 3.5 games back with 12 to play (and the other teams ahead of us in the Wild Card are winning, unlike us). Geez, Grady, you may as well play Nomar and Gonzo and Ramon Martinez and all the other veterans that you somehow insist upon playing despite their numbers/physical status.