Brad Penny (5-9, 5.88) vs. Barry Zito (6-13, 5.40).
COMMENTS: Penny's back! Burly Brad is making his first start after nearly two months on the disabled list. A healthy and effective Penny would do wonders for the Dodgers' chances of making the post-season. As would the return of a guy named Furcal. Remember him? Yeah, at best he's three weeks away. So right now Penny will have to play the role of Dodger Savior Not Named Manny.
And lest you think Mr. Zito is instant Dodger-bait, remember he beat the Dodgers a month ago and pitched eight shutout innings in his last start. (Okay, it was against the Padres, but still.) If there were only something noticeably different about today's Dodger team...oh wait, there is. Does Manny like curveballs? We'll see.