Brad Penny (4-2) vs. Jeff Francis (0-2).
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If you recall the last time Penny pitched, the Dodgers scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 11-3 drubbing of Colorado. Meanwhile, Rockies ace Francis is still searching for his first win, even after holding the Dodgers to two runs over seven innings last Sunday. Penny is 13-2 lifetime against the Rockies. Francis has a career 2.64 ERA against the Dodgers. Magic 8-Ball says: Expect a pitching duel.
Hurting the Rockies is an injury to Troy Tulowitzki, which will sideline him for weeks, if not months. On the other hand, the Dodger offense is humming along. As a team, the Dodgers are batting .279/.360/.404, 2nd/3rd/9th-best in the NL. If Andruw Jones can rebound from his craptacular April—"I'm trying everything," he says—the Dodgers will enjoy the type of offensive production they haven't seen in years. Here's to seven in a row!