Derek Lowe (2-1) vs. Aaron Cook (4-1).
COMMENTS: Eight straight, baby! The Dodgers' winning streak now lies in the hands of Lowe; unfortunately, his wonky delivery mechanics—and the resulting runs allowed—in his last start in Florida suggest Lowe isn't completely healthy. Meanwhile, Cook has been the Rockies' true ace, leading their staff with four wins. Pitching advantage: Colorado.
But! The Dodgers have scored 23 runs in their past two games, and there's no indication they're going to slow down. The Denver weather is getting warmer and the Dodgers' offense is bubbling over like a chicken pot pie served at the Marie Callender's in hell. They're scoring runs in scads (James Loney had six RBIs yesterday); although another double-digit outburst is unlikely today, the Dodgers will score enough runs to give Lowe a chance to win. Batting advantage: Los Angeles.
So who wins today, the arms or the bats? Let's see, the Dodgers have won eight straight. The Rockies have lost 11 of their last 13. Momentum advantage: Los Angeles.
Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers. No, not the chicken one.