Dodgers start Chad Billingsley, RHP (11-4, 3.14) vs. Jeff Francis, LHP (15-8, 4.35).
Dodgers: 79-70 (3rd place NL West, 4.0 GB; 3rd place WC, 3.0 GB; L1)
Rockies: 77-72 (4th place NL West, 6.0 GB; 4th place WC, 5.0 GB; W1)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 14.0%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Billingsley stepped up with another clutch start against the Padres, this time filling in for the injured Derek Lowe. he had to scramble out of two bases-loaded jams, but he allowed only one run over six innings while beating the Padres for the fourth time this year. He is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA over his last four starts.
Rockies: Francis struggled mightily in his last start, giving up eight runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings of a key road loss to the Phillies. He had trouble locating his fastball and was uncharacteristically wild, walking four.
Even though we won the series against the D’Backs, it still feels like we are losing the war. Coming off a day of rest should help the likes of Martin and Kent – and we all know we need their big bats. First game of a double header will be big. COME ON, BLUE!!!