Dodgers start Brad Penny, RHP (16-4, 2.88) vs. Josh Fogg, RHP (9-9, 4.98)
Dodgers: 79-72 (T-3rd place NL West, 5.5 GB; T-3rd place WC, 4.5 GB; L3)
Rockies: 79-72 (T-3rd place NL West, 5.5 GB; T-3rd place WC, 4.5 GB; W3)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 3.1%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Penny was erratic, loading the bases in the first inning and walking in a run the D-backs first run of the game. He walked three batters and hit one on the night, but he managed to keep the Dodgers close earning his 16th win of the season. The righty went five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits while striking out five. He made one major mistake, giving up a two-run homer to Mark Reynolds in the fifth inning on a 96 mph fastball out over the plate. Penny is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three starts against the Rockies this season.
Rockies: Fogg gave the Rockies a serviceable five innings against the Marlins on Friday at Coors Field. He gave up four runs on five hits but kept the Rockies in the game and left with the lead. His location was spotty at times -- four walks -- but he was able to pitch out of jams.
It is hard to blame Saito as last night was his first blown save since July. Still, one can only assume that the Rockies have the momentum. Splitting this series, hopefully, is not going to help us get into the playoffs. Things are starting to look bleak, should we play for next year (or maybe Grady has been doing this all along)?