Derek Lowe (2-2, 3.66) vs. Brian Moehler (0-0, 7.04).
COMMENTS: Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, and sometimes you have to be lucky to be good. The Dodgers got lucky against the Mets, avoiding Johan Santana and taking two of three. The luck o' the Dodgers continues in this series against the Astros, who are starting three pitchers not named Roy Oswalt with a combined 1-3 record and 5.38 ERA. Tonight is Moehler's first start since September of 2006. Lowe is coming off a poor performance in Colorado, a 112-pitch effort yielding five earned runs in five innings. Hopefully a return to sea level will be kinder to Lowe's arm.
Offensively, the Dodger bats are coming off two days of rest—unfortunately, there was a game that first day (a 12-1 loss to the Mets). But there's no reason to worry they can't bounce back; after all, the Dodgers followed Lowe's loss to the Rockies the next day with a win over the Mets. Let's see if this team can get good at stopping losing streaks at one.
(Roster update: Yhency Brazoban has been recalled from Las Vegas to replace Esteban Loaiza, who went on the disabled list.)
We've got two Sons (Sax and AC) attending tonight's game on the Field level, so give them a holler in the comments section if you're there too!