Derek Lowe (14-11, 3.29) vs. Brad Hennessey (1-2, 8.65).
COMMENTS: A meaningless weekend series in San Francisco kinda takes the air out of the balloon for the Dodgers, but it should give Joe Torre a great chance to rest key players, well-deserved after a long 159-game grind, and also test out the potential of players like Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal, both recently reactivated from the disabled list, to see if they're fit for the Dodgers' NLDS roster. (Psst, Torre! If you leave .132 "hitter" Mark Sweeney off the roster, taking into account he has ONE hit in his last NINETEEN GAMES (he struck out last night), that would gain you another spot for either Kent or Furcal!)
But back to the other scrubs that Torre will surely be playing this weekend, despite the fact that we may incur the Braff of Giants manager Bruce Bochy for not suiting up Manny and Friends (after all, Giants fans aren't exactly flocking to see John Bowker play). It's not like Delwyn Young (30 H in 81 AB; Sweeney has 12 H in 97 AB) won't have his game Faison, as will Pablo Ozuna and Ramon Troncoso, as they also vie for a postseason spot. And Chin-Lung Hu has been hustling down the Chalke lately, with a double on September 24th and couple of hits (and an RBI) in last night's game. I don't want to unfairly Reyes expectations about how competitively the Dodgers might battle this weekend, but remember, our boys will be on a plane back home for a celebratory rally, McGinley whoopee back with the Dodger fans!