Dodgers start Randy Wolf, LHP (3-2, 4.20) vs. Brandon Webb, RHP (1-1, 3.60).
Dodgers: 15-10 (1st place NL West, 0.5 GA, W1)
Diamondbacks: 15-11 (2nd place NL West, 0.5 GB, W5)
From Dodgers.com, the scouting report on the starters:
Dodgers: His history of challenging Barry Bonds had been pretty good, but Wolf served up a three-run homer to Bonds in the first inning and was also taken deep by Pedro Feliz in Wednesday night's loss to the Giants. He was charged with five runs in six innings, and the two home runs gave him five allowed in 30 innings this year. In eight career starts against the D-backs, Wolf is 4-1 with a 3.50 ERA.
Diamondbacks: Webb was outstanding in his start against the Padres on Wednesday, allowing just two runs over eight innings. The right-hander didn't get a win for his efforts, though, as Jake Peavy struck out 16 while throwing seven shutout innings. The D-backs did manage to win the game on Stephen Drew's two-out, two-run homer in the ninth. In his past two outings, Webb has allowed three earned runs over 16 innings, yet has two no-decisions. He's 5-3 with a 3.62 ERA against the Dodgers in his career.
- Coming off an emotionally taxing and lineup-draining 17-inning victory over the San Diego Padres, the Dodgers drop in for their shortest "homestand" of the year for a three-game set against the red-hot Diamondbacks, who have won their last five. The last time we saw a team on a winning streak (the Giants), we rolled over and played dead, getting swept ourselves at home.
- Arizona did lose the five games prior to that, however, and the Diamondbacks' Pythagorean ratio (expected win/loss record) would have them even at 13-13 if you believe the numbers. If you believe those same numbers, the Dodgers would be 15-10...which they are. Hmm.
- Given seven pitchers went to the mound for the Dodgers yesterday, it would be great if Wolf could go seven innings without getting touched up. Unfortunately, Webb will likely go seven as well, so the Dodgers have to get to him early and often.
- Tonight is fleece stadium blanket night #1, so if the game goes to extra innings again, at least you'll be warm and cozy.
From Inside the Dodgers, the lineup: