Hiroki Kuroda (1-2, 3.95) vs. Shawn Chacon (0-0, 3.60).
COMMENTS: Happy Mom's Day! The Dodgers chose a fine time to end the mother of all winning streaks, losing the first of their past seven series (although two ended in splits). They're also failing to capitalize on Arizona's slump of their own: The Diamondbacks have lost six of their past ten (and also lost by five runs yesterday). The Dodgers hope to harness the power of their pink bats today and salvage game three. In their favor: Chacon is 4-7 with a 5.85 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers.
Offensively, the suddenly silent bats (the Dodgers have been outscored 24-2 in their past three games) and Rafael Furcal's absence are not coincidental. We thought he would return yesterday; now, Furcal's presence in today's game is in doubt. With Monday off, don't be surprised if Joe Torre rests Furcal again to give him a fresh start in Milwaukee on Tuesday. If that's the case, then let's hope Torre takes the same approach with Andruw Jones, who was—surprise!—0-for-3 yesterday (and it's all in his head, if that's any comfort). Because of Kuroda's recent ineffectiveness, Andre Ethier needs to start today if the Dodgers are to have a chance of winning. Do the right thing, Joe.