Dodgers start David Wells, LHP (8-8, 5.40) vs. Brandon Webb, RHP (16-10, 3.03)
Dodgers: 79-75 (4th place NL West, 8.0 GB; 6th place WC, 6.5 GB; L6)
D’Backs: 87-67 (1st place NL West, - GB; W3)
Current postseason odds for the Dodgers, from Baseball Prospectus: 0.01%
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: Wells gave up leads of 3-0 and 5-3 in Coors Field, yet was in position to gain his fourth win as a Dodger until Todd Helton's walkoff homer on Takashi Saito's final pitch. Wells had pitched only once previously at Coors Field, and it went very much like this one, when he allowed five runs in five innings. He'll be coming back on three days' rest to face Arizona.
Snakes: Webb was not crisp in his last outing, although he threw a quality start in allowing three runs over six innings. He was working behind in the count a little too often and took a no-decision in a game the D-backs eventually lost. Although this day is Webb's regular day to start, there was speculation he was going to get an extra day of rest as manager Bob Melvin has been monitoring Webb's workload more closely recently. Webb leads the Major Leagues in innings pitched, and is fifth in the National League in pitches.
COMMENTS: I guess it is hard to play spoiler, IF YOU CANT WIN! Our six game losing streak is pretty craptacular and maybe we can pull out a win or two while playing the kids. The veterans can complain all they want, but the dodgers go as the rookies go. We didn’t trade them at the deadline for a reason and now is the time to play them.