Derek Lowe (12-11, 3.53) vs. Shawn Estes (2-1, 2.97).
COMMENTS: A sinkerball pitcher on the mound at Coors Field is like a balloon-animal clown at a two-year-old's birthday party: he may look like he's having fun when he first gets to the backyard, but it won't be long before he's gonna get mugged. With that, the Dodgers move Derek Lowe up one day in the rotation to see if Lowe can reprise his last effort (8 beautiful innings of 2-hit ball with 4 Ks vs. the Snakes), against Estes, a former Giant. The Dodgers' position of 3 games ahead of Arizona (as of 4p, thanks to the AZ @ SF game) is the apex for the entire 2008 season, giving us a 86.5% chance of winning the West (and that was prior to the SF comeback victory this afternoon). Keep on rolling, Blue!