Brad Penny (6-9, 5.66) vs. Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.71).
COMMENTS: Last week Penny came off the disabled list throwing soft-toss and somehow ended up with a win against the Giants. That was the only game the Dodgers won in that series; let's just say Sunday was a dark day for Dodger fans. But a mere two days later, we were celebrating Andre Ethier's walk-off hit against the Phillies, marking the Dodgers' second consecutive win despite facing some of Philadelphia's best pitchers. Crazy game, huh?
Tonight Blanton stands between the Dodgers and a much-needed series win; unsurprisingly, Blanton has benefited from moving to the National League, lowering his WHIP to 1.091 and posting a 136 ERA+. Will the Dodger bats respond? Well, Manny Ramirez is 13-for-21 (but with no home runs!) against Blanton. Certainly Ethier deserves to start after last night's heroics. And despite going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, Russell Martin showed he can still contribute offensively by scoring the winning run.