Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 3,49) vs. Jake Peavy (4-3, 2.91).
COMMENTS: Kuroda is coming off a complete game shutout masterpiece, painted against the red-hot canvas of the Chicago Cubs no less. Peavy, the Padres' ace and last year's Cy Young award winner, is coming off the DL (strained right elbow) for this start. Kuroda faced Johan Santana two outings ago and is probably not planning on visiting nearby Sycuan Casino (a Padres sponsor!), given the cards he has drawn lately for opposing pitchers. But I guarantee you this, Hiroki: even with the Dodgers' awful offense (third-worst OPS (.714) and fewest home runs (44) in the NL), if you can pitch another complete game shutout, SoSG promises that you'll get the win.
STAT OF THE DAY: Kuroda is one of only six NL pitchers with complete game shutouts in 2008, joining Cole Hamels (2), Brandon Webb, Ben Sheets, Braden Looper, and Tim Hudson. There have been 16 CGs in the NL this year (Sheets, Webb, and Hamels each have two).