Chad Billingsley (12-10, 3.15) vs. It Doesn't Really Matter Since We're Going to Lose Anyway (14-6, 3.10).
COMMENTS: The Dodgers are now 0-8 on arguably their most important roadtrip of the year. We've been swept in Philadelphia by a team who cares about the postseason, swept in Washington D.C. to a team that has nothing for which to play, and now we've rolled over and played dead against the one team we need to overtake. The good news, though, is that if we can post a win tonight and tomorrow, we can end our roadtrip with a .200 percentage, which is still fifty-odd points ahead of Mark Sweeney's batting average. So no more throwing ground balls into the outfield, Nomar! No more 0-for-whatever evenings, Jeff Kent (which is assured given your impending MRI, I suppose)! And no more cynicism from the Sons of Steve Garvey--it's all happy times from here!