Brad Penny (5-2, 3.19) vs. John Maine (3-2, 3.48).
COMMENTS: Business-person's special today, a curious fluke in the schedule given both teams have a day off tomorrow (so there are no travel needs); Dodgers pick up the homestand Friday vs. Houston, though the Mets do have to travel home to meet the Reds Friday. As accommodating as we are to the Mets' itineraries, we have been positively belligerent as hosts at the Stadium, soundly beating the Mets in game 1 and then pulling off an amazing come-from-behind victory last night that featured an awesome relief pitching performance from Hong-Chih Kuo and a thrilling 16-second rush of an inside-the-park home run from rookie Blake DeWitt. The resilience and tenacious play of the Dodgers has been great to watch and sorely missing since...the first half of last season, before the collapse...HEY! This is a new season, with a new manager, a new third-base coach who knows when to send runners, with a new $18M .162 batter in the lineup; I don't recall the Dodgers pulling off 11 of 12 any time last year. Go Blue!
Today's game also gives most of us a chance to watch those hypnotizing pulsing yellow circles on ESPN Gamecast. Let's hope the Dodgers get a lot of pulsing yellow circles (and subsequently score said circles) to support Penny's outing.